Sep 27, 2011 - 5:43 pm
I've been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, it was on my tonsils and lymph nodes.
First I want to say I don't health or dental insurance. It all started in the spring, so I went to the local community college that was offering a free teeth cleaning, and since I haven't had a cleaning in quite some time, I thought I'd take advantage of this. Well, I went and had the teeth cleaned, but I also have a few concerns on my teeth because the front 3 teeth on the bottom are loose. Being at the age 45 now, I need to start being more concerned with my health, and so that is why I went. The night after I had my teeth cleaned, I went to bed and had a severe pain in the neck, and thought I'd have to go into the emergency if it didn't go away, I took Ibuprofen & Tylenol, I was able to sleep. When I woke up, I noticed I had a lump in my neck on the left side. Being concerned, I had to have it checked out, there was no pain at all after that night, and up until today, there still has never been any pain, in the neck or mouth or throat at all. I went to a local health center that excepts patients without insurance, the doctor looked at the lump and also into the mouth, he noticed that my left tonsil was quite larger than normal. In the meantime, he took blood to check my cholesterol and triglycerides, both were very high. Well, after checking the neck mass a 2nd time, and not knowing what it was, I was referred to a Ear Nose & Throat specialist, he took blood tests, (2 times) both times coming back inconclusive due to it containing puss and couldn't get a good enough sample. I had a CT scan done and he decided that the tonsils should be pulled. A date was set for August 31st, 2011. As I went to the hospital for the operation, he did a biopsy before the operation, he found that I had Squamous Cell Carcinoma on the tonsils, he proceeded to operate and take them out. When I came through, he told me that I'd have to start radiation & chemo on the neck mass (cyst or tumor). I went to the cancer center one time and was told I'll need 7 weeks of radiation and not sure on how much chemo to do yet. My next appointment is this Friday, also an appointment with the dentist due to the loose teeth, and also a follow up with the doctor that pulled the tonsils.
I'm wondering is anyone has decided to an alternative route besides radiation & chemo, I've read both good and bad cases on it, and if anyone has finished an alternative treatment like the Proton Therapy or natural way of cleaning our your immune system, changing your diet, exercising daily, stop eating sugars, ect...