Oct 11, 2004 - 2:34 pm
I was diagnosed with Mucoidepidermoid Carcinoma of my left partotid gland (deep lobe). Last week my surgeon removed the whole gland, plus left side lymph nodes in my neck as a precaution. The pathology report showed the intermediate grade tumor was totally encapsulated-- none of the surrounding tissue removed showed evidence of cancer spreading, nor were there any cancer cells in my neck lymph nodes. My head and neck surgeon has said given this, I could forego radiation, since he believes he got all the cancer out. Given radiation's invasiveness and that it would apparently limit future surgical and radiation options should the tumor reoccur, I am leaning towards not having it and instead looking into alternative treatments (i.e. detoxing the body/boosting the immune system naturally, Burznski Institute, Euopean & Mexican clinics, etc.). I, of course, am nervous about recurrence and would love to hear from anyone with this type of cancer, and what types of treatments you have had... or if you have any information on resources for cutting edge alternative therapies. Thank you!