Follow up post surgery

Options
Nous Defions
Nous Defions Member Posts: 33 Member
I had my post surgery follow up with the doctor last Friday. The primary was found in my right tonsil. It was completely encapsulated and it was about 2cm in size. All of the other biopsies taken during surgery came back clean.

They did not remove my upper right lymph node, which is driving me crazy knowing that it is malignant. The doctor said that it should respond to the radiation. I hope that he is correct.

Anyway, It looks like 6 weeks of rads and maybe 1 or 2 chemo sessions at this time.

Will

Comments

  • jim and i
    jim and i Member Posts: 1,788 Member
    Options
    So happy it was
    So happy it was encapsilated. I believe the rads will take care of that lymph node. My husbands lymph nodes were clean half way through rads. Praying things continue to go well.
    Debbie
  • katenorwood
    katenorwood Member Posts: 1,912
    Options
    Things sound good...
    Will,
    From what your saying everything sounds pretty good hunh ? I'll be thinking of you and praying all continues to move forward and all outcomes positive ! Katie
  • Nous Defions
    Nous Defions Member Posts: 33 Member
    Options
    jim and i said:

    So happy it was
    So happy it was encapsilated. I believe the rads will take care of that lymph node. My husbands lymph nodes were clean half way through rads. Praying things continue to go well.
    Debbie

    Thank you Debbie

    Thank you Debbie
  • phrannie51
    phrannie51 Member Posts: 4,716
    Options
    My lymph node was about the size
    of a small golf ball by the time I started chemo and rads....within 3 weeks, it was all but gone. You'll be glad that they are taking this route, when it's all said and done. You and I will get out 3 month PET scans and probably find out those nodes are fine, and we don't need a neck dissection (on top of everything else we have to do....I sure don't want it).

    p
  • Nous Defions
    Nous Defions Member Posts: 33 Member
    Options

    My lymph node was about the size
    of a small golf ball by the time I started chemo and rads....within 3 weeks, it was all but gone. You'll be glad that they are taking this route, when it's all said and done. You and I will get out 3 month PET scans and probably find out those nodes are fine, and we don't need a neck dissection (on top of everything else we have to do....I sure don't want it).

    p

    That's what I'm praying for.
    That's what I'm praying for.

    Will
  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,723 Member
    Options
    good report
    Hi Will,

    Your follow up sounds good and your doctor sounds pretty positive about the route he has chosen. Believe me, one lymph node is no match for radiation. Take a deep breath, relax and count your blessings.

    Best,

    Matt
  • Nous Defions
    Nous Defions Member Posts: 33 Member
    Options
    CivilMatt said:

    good report
    Hi Will,

    Your follow up sounds good and your doctor sounds pretty positive about the route he has chosen. Believe me, one lymph node is no match for radiation. Take a deep breath, relax and count your blessings.

    Best,

    Matt

    Matt,
    That is exactly what I

    Matt,
    That is exactly what I am doing, however it does bother me that the lymph node is still there. Every time I touch my neck or look in the mirror it is always the first thing that I see or touch.

    Will
  • Nous Defions
    Nous Defions Member Posts: 33 Member
    Options

    Things sound good...
    Will,
    From what your saying everything sounds pretty good hunh ? I'll be thinking of you and praying all continues to move forward and all outcomes positive ! Katie

    Thank you Katie.
    Will

    Thank you Katie.

    Will
  • hwt
    hwt Member Posts: 2,328 Member
    Options

    Matt,
    That is exactly what I

    Matt,
    That is exactly what I am doing, however it does bother me that the lymph node is still there. Every time I touch my neck or look in the mirror it is always the first thing that I see or touch.

    Will

    ask your doctor
    Don't hesitate to tell your doctor your concern. You wanted it surgically removed and he said radiation "should" take care of it. Just tell him you would like to better understand his decision as it is still causing you concern. You are your own best advocate.
  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,723 Member
    Options
    you are doing good
    Will,

    I could tell you to stop touching it. If the lymph node shrinks to nothing there won’t be anything to remove. If it doesn’t go away with these treatments I presume other actions will be taken, maybe surgery. It sure doesn’t hurt to shrink the critter first. On my neck, they had to dissect my Jugular Vein to extract the vermin (it was a very delicate surgery, I need my Jugular Vein)

    I know I felt better having it out, but read about many people here who had no surgery with exceptional results. Hopefully, you will also have great results.

    Wishing you the best,

    Matt
  • Pam M
    Pam M Member Posts: 2,196
    Options
    Jump On It With Both Feet
    Defiez le monstre!

    I, too, was very disappointed to hear that my doctors were not considering surgical removal of my diseased nodes up front. It took very little time during treatment, though, for my affected nodes to react. I did end up having surgery afterward to finish up a stubborn node, but the largest one was completely wiped out without surgery. Good luck.