Mar 06, 2014 - 6:17 pm
ok, i went to the ent today that the new oncologist recommended. he asked why i was there and i told him the doctor wanted me to see him to be scoped. i also told him that i just had a ct on 2/28 and it said i have a lymph node that had grown from 9 mm on last scan to 13 mm on this scan and we were doing another scan in 2 months to check on it. well, he did feel on my neck and looked down my throat but said, "you need to see your surgeon right away, not me. you need to see him b/c he is the one to do the biopsy. with your case history, i don't think the "wait and see" method is good for you." he also said that there is no reason to scope me b/c they took out the voice box so maybe check ups are different for laryngectomee's.
the verbatim from the ct report is: there is a mildly prominent 13 mm left submandibular lymph node. this was present but has increased slightly in size when compared to prior study.
so, i see my surgeon on wed, march 12. now here is my question, if the surgeon wants a biopsy, is that something he does right then? i'm assuming it will be a FN biopsy. if so, how long does it take and will i first get a shot to numb the neck? i've read that 2 things that make a lymph node grow is infection and cancer. honestly, i believe the cancer is back and i'm very worried what tx will be offered/recommended. i've heard neck dissection mentioned but I can't imagine that. so now i'm just waiting for wednesday. oh how we cancer patients love the waiting game.....lol