Tonsil biopsy

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Tonsil biopsy

by Lilalove on Tue Oct 31, 2017 01:19 AM

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Long story short..had treatment for stage 2 melanoma a year ago. Follow up pets an showed left tonsil issue and node in,neck. They do not think it is related to melanoma. Ent scoped and think it's tonsil cancer. Surgeon wants to do biopsy prior to tonsil removal. Does anyone have comments? Info needed. If I cane ER find this place again. Thanks

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by Perfit on Thu Nov 02, 2017 02:50 PM

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Is your question whether you should have biopsy prior to removal of tonsil or not? If that is in fact the question, I would , if it were me, agree to that, biopsy is the only way you know for sure if it is cancer or not. Tonsil may not need to be removed. If in fact it is cancer, the surgeon will have better idea the type of surgery you will need, such as tonsil removal or neck dissection. Hope it is not cancer. I just had a similar scare myself and the biopsy showed it was NOT cancer.

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by Bill925 on Thu Nov 02, 2017 04:27 PM

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Just wanted to let you know that I went through a tonsil biopsy last week and it was in fact stage III Squamos Cell. The docotr took out a large portion of the tonsil which is pretty painful trying to eat. It is also in one lymph node, and I have a PET scan tomorrow. I will have a feeding tube and chemo port implanted next week, then at least two months of chemo and radiation

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by Lilalove on Fri Nov 03, 2017 01:08 AM

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Wow. Sorry. I kind of expected t the same however. Pet scans for follow up on stage 2 melanoma found mass on left tonsil and one lymph node. I am scheduled for a surgical biopsy November 13. I will have general anesthesia for the procedure. The doctor will remove some of the tonsil and see how it all looks. Both the ent and surgeon said they felt it is either squamous cell cancer or lymphoma. Scary stuff! Were you put to sleep for the biopsy? Thanks. Info from others is what I need. Good luck in the fight

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by Lilalove on Fri Nov 03, 2017 01:10 AM

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Thank you. The surgical biopsy will be November 13. I All this showed up on pet scans I have due to melanoma. Happy you do not have cancer

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by Bill925 on Fri Nov 03, 2017 01:31 PM

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Mine is in my right tonsil and lymph nodes. I was put to sleep for the surgery, and it was just a day surgery so didn't spend the night in the hospital. I've never smoked so the doctor was surprised. It is usually found in smokers. Mine is squamous cell, and hope that your's is caught early as well. After the biopsy it will take a couple weeks for that to heal. I thought I could eat ice cream but that was painful. The doctor told me nothing too hot or too cold is the best. I've been drinking ensure which I found to be the easiest to swallow, or pasta. Be sure to drink plenty of water too. They will know more after the PET scan today, so I'll keep you updated. I have a very good team of Doctors and Oncologists who are very aggressive at treatment. Please let me know if you need any more info, or just need to talk. I don't have much of a support system so it's nice to discuss it with someone else in the same situation. Good luck and take care of yourself

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by Lilalove on Fri Nov 03, 2017 01:45 PM

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Good luck..yes let's stay in touch..I am a widow with limited support sister also. Retired a year ago....this is a blow to my plans! Needless to sAy......I have been going to a local cancer center due to melanoma and have great faith in the staff....I hope mine is in early stages..you just never know...hang in there...more later. Brenda

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by Lilalove on Fri Nov 03, 2017 01:53 PM

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Support system..not sister I am having issues understanding how to use this message board! My fault..not thinking clearly...would be happy to give my email for sorrespondence. Will you have port and feeding tube put in?

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by Diamond_David on Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:58 AM

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On Oct 31, 2017 1:19 AM Lilalove wrote:

Long story short..had treatment for stage 2 melanoma a year ago. Follow up pets an showed left tonsil issue and node in,neck. They do not think it is related to melanoma. Ent scoped and think it's tonsil cancer. Surgeon wants to do biopsy prior to tonsil removal. Does anyone have comments? Info needed. If I cane ER find this place again. Thanks

I'm going to give you a "quickie" of my story and a suggestion I heard from a friend who had tonsil cancer.

9 years ago I had a cancerous lymph node that came fro my tonsils. They took out BOTH tonsils (they should) and ONE lymph node.

7 weeks chemo and 35 days of radiation.

its a hellish treatment, 90% cure rate. I have dry mouth, carry water every where.

There are 2 diferent kinds of radioation treatment. My radialogist had only one

There are two types of radiation. One is a SPRAY, coves all of the neck,called IMRT, the other type i like a BEAM, you want this one if at all possible. Called Tomo

I had IMRT they sprayed all of my neck. I now have 1/2 of my saliva, carry water everywhere and must eat medium rare meat. Also ruined my thyroid gland, take a pill daily. 

I have a cousin who had tonsil cancer, he had TOMO, has no saliva problems at all

So the type of radiation treatment is important, but your doctor, like mine, may have only one choice.

The other thing is this. They removed ONE lymph node glan. They cut thru muscle to get it. I get neck cramps daily, spams because of it.

I've known people where the doctor took out ALL (14?) nodes on one aside. ALL of them even though only one was cancerous!

One friend told me this, which I thought was great:

"My doctor said he was not going to take out the lumph node with cancer. Why? He said 'why cut you up, we're going to radiate the heck out of that area anyway, we will kill those cancer cells!'"

I think this doctor had the correct idea.

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by Lilalove on Sat Nov 04, 2017 01:26 AM

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Thank you for the information. It. Helps! I know one lymph node lights up,indicating cancer. I will know more after the surgical biopsy. Every bit of information I get helps me! How are you doing? How long ago was your treatment? Thank you for responding. Brenda
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