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RE: Neck dissection

by Goddess - August 06 at 6:59 PM

Thank you Susan. This is so helpful. I have felt so all ne in this and hearing others experience is really helpful! May we all be well and happy.

RE: Neck dissection

by Goddess - August 06 at 5:59 PM

Thank you so much. Your words are more helpful than you can ever know. I wish the medical community could lay it out so eleguently. Sending much healing

Support appreciated

by Goddess - August 06 at 2:59 AM

I am newly diagnosed with squamish cell carcinoma on my tongue. I have been working with an alternative practitioner to treat my condition for 2 months and have not seen improvment. So I have decided to go with surgery. I am overhwlemed, as I public speak for a living and am afraid my functioning will not allow me to continue with the work that I love. The surgeon has indicated that it will be a minor adjustment for me, and that I will be able to eat and speak with only minor adjustment after recovery. I am not sure I trust this, as I have found the information provided to me has been vague at times and not clear. I know there is no crystal ball, but some honesty would help me in my planning. I am trying to figure out even, how much recovery time I need to heal before I can even consider working. I am unsure at times and confident at other times. My body is strong and I hope for quick recovery, but I also want to be realistic. I do not have a lot of support either, which is sometimes the thing that makes this the most difficult for me. My family is too dysfunctional to provide true support and my network of friends is small. Any support, words of advice or encouargement would be apprecited.

RE: Neck dissection

by Goddess - August 06 at 2:06 AM

Thank you for sharing. I have been to two surgeons and it is interesting how they offer different options and perspectives. I was not offered the option of testing the nodes until I pushed for more information. I have not been offer the option to wait, but it would be my preferred option.

Did your husband have surgery for the main lesion? I am curious about the outcome of that if he did and you are willing to share.

RE: Neck dissection

by Goddess - August 06 at 1:33 AM

I have been diagonosed with squamish cell carcinoma on my tongue. I am awaiting surgery to have this removed from the back left are of my tongue. It has been suggested that I have a neck dissection. They want to remove 20 lymph nodes. A PET scan showed that 2-3 nodes might be affected, but it is unclear if they are malignent or not. I am concerned above removing more lymph nodes than necesarry, and have asked the surgeon to do a different procedure where they inject the first few nodes and determine whch/if any are malignant and then remove those. I wonder if anyone can tell me if they experienced side affects after lymph node removal and what they might have been. Thank you.

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About Goddess

Patient
Head and Neck Cancer
Alternative Treatments, After Treatment, Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer Nutrition, Cancer Prevention, Cancer Treatments

I am a 54 year old woman diagnosed with Squamish cell carcinoma on the left side of my tongue. I am scheduling to have surgery in the next couple of weeks. i work with herbs and they are helping me to stay calm and to keep the swelling and irritation to a minimum. I have recently become extremely fatigued.

I have many interests and passions, and look forward to regaining the energy to more fully enjoy my life.

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