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D Lewis
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My three-month PET-CT was this morning at Stanford. My doctor was able to review the results and discuss them with me late this afternoon. NO UPTAKE! NO AVIDITY! NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE! The scoping and all the palpations were normal. Got a finger jammed down my throat again today and it seems to be getting easier. I snapped at him, but he jumped clear.

I got a good look at the medical records I was hand-carrying down to Stanford from my local treatment center. They threw everything at me that they had, treatment-wise for T1N2cM0 Stage 4 HPV-16+ base of tongue SCC. High dose Cisplatin at 100 mg/m2 (and I'm only 120 pounds). A total of 38 radiation treatments, 6900 Guys to the base of tongue and the same to both sides of the neck. Doc says I do have quite a bit of lymphedema going on. Duh, I'll bet I do! No saliva yet, and could be problematic, given the bilateral rads. Nothing else of note, occasional tingling of feet, rare tintinitis, no hearing loss, and the odd attack now and again of L'hermitte's Sign. Just enough to keep me entertained and on my toes.

Stanford didn't give me the 100% all clear that Micktissue got, but they did say that, for someone in my shoes, the 5-year survival rate was in excess of 95%. That is good enough for me.

Deb, doing the happy happy dance with NED after a very long day.

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Deb, that's the best news anyone here can get, and I couldn't wish it on a more deserving survivor. You've done everything right, and I'm very happy it's paid off.

best, Hal

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Glenna M
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Wonderful news Deb!!! Your news has started my day with a smile. I am so happy for you, you have been through so much and now you can finally see that it was all worth it.

Stay well,

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That is fantastic Deb!

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We are all cheering for you, Celebrate!

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Great News, just in time for the week-end too....


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It's gonna be a rock & roll weekend...Great news, congrats.

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Deb, that's great, we'll all put on our dancing shoes with you!!! Cheers


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Couldn't start a day better! Deb, that is awesome news, breathe easy, and dance for 50 more years!!

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I'm so glad for you, excellent news!

Greg53's picture
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Awesome news Deb! Congrats!!!


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Awesome news Deb.



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I love the NED dance - what wonderful news !!!

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I'm really glad for you. That was some tough stuff you went through. Ya got it made, Girl.


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Hi Deb,

I knew you had it in you. Upward and onward!!

Best Steve

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Great News Deb, it's a great way to start the weekend! Happy for you! Enjoy!


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Vivi C
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Dance like no one's watching! You deserve it So happy for you. You have been so kind and encouraging to me. I am thrilled for you. Keep dancing! Hope to join you soon.
God bless,

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Deb, that is awesome. I had my surgery and will start Radiation and Chemo Sept. 8th. I know I am getting ready to face some tough side effects. but hearing your story just made a good day for me even better. It is so great to hear people post good news.



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So happy for you Deb. You are an inspiration for all of us to fight the fight.

delnative's picture
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Way cool!

--Jim in Delaware

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Great News!

Hondo's picture
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Great news, I am doing the NED Dance with you. Happy days and all the best to you

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I am so happy to get to read good news first thing in the morning.


Kent Cass
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From one who remembers when you first joined us, Deb, you've got my happiest of Congratulations. To have been thru what you've been thru, and find yourself where you are now at- you deserve the night of dancing with Ned, and to keep on dancing. Ah, life is good.



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Excellent news Deb. Super happy to get all this good news for a change. Live it up and keep on dancing.

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Congrats on the good news, and prayers for many more

hawk711's picture
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A big Congrats!!! You give us all hope that our news will be good too !!!
All the best

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Pam M
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I did a chair dance for you. Got Billy Idol in my head "Dancin' with Myself". Ooops - now I'm chair dancing again.

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What an awesome result, and it is so good when you can see your medical records, it's almost like your trying to copy notes from the Doctors sometimes, 95% plus, you can't get much better than that. I'll do the happy dance with you. Cheers Jen

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