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  • Sdurnell has replied to a post on the message board

    I would believe the doctor.  And no, I don't think he missed a tumor!  Next week he'll get a better look, so in the meantime try to calm yourself with whatever means you can. Ask yourself what will happen if he scopes you and finds nothing.  Will you be willing to accept that you don't have cancer?  It's possible to make yourself sick (although not cancer sick) with worry over this. The last tim...

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      Some doctors think that 3 months is a bit early for a first PET.  My radiation oncologist waits 4 months for the first one because he feels that at 3 there are too many false positives.  That is likely what your doctor thinks you are experiencing, and why he is unconcerned. Susan

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        A D-dimer test is not for cancer, but for blood clots instead.  I looked online but could not come up with any relationship to cancer. The lung CT is definitely not diagnostic of head and neck cancer; it would probably only be ordered if you've already been diagnosed and there is suspicion that it had metastasized beyond the lymph nodes--a very unusual presentation that I've never heard of.  I don't know w...

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          Well, a blister and fluid in the ear ordinarily wouldn't sound that great, but in your case I'd say it was good news. Susan

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            Well, symptoms coming and going don't sound like cancer either.  I'm betting the antibiotics, almost always the first line of defense, will work. Susan

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              Gidget, No, we are definitely not doctors, but this sounds to me nothing like cancer.  The ear pain and sore throat can be indications of head and neck cancer, but since the antibiotics took care of them, they are obviously not.  It's possible you have a bacterial infection that was lessened by treatment but not entirely killed, or a virus that got better by itself and then returned.  Or one followed ...

              December 10 at 11:02 PM view post
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                I've been on this and another site for 7 years, and I agree that late progression after 2 years is rare.  My ENT declared me cured after that time, but my radiation oncologist made me wait 5. I had surgery to remove all lymph nodes on the affected side, then 25 radiation sessions.  No chemo.  But my cancer was stage III, with no primary ever found.  My cancer was also found not to be related to H...

                December 10 at 7:25 AM view post
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                  That's great!  Wishing you many more. Susan

                  December 10 at 6:44 AM view post
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                    Bookworm, Your ENT may be able to recommend a speeth therapist who can help you with swallowing exercises.  I went to one after my treatment ended, but others have sessions during treatment.  Since you are already having swallowing issues you might want to head this off. You should be continuing to heal, so time will probably help too.  But the radiation can exacerbate the problems caused by surgery ...

                    December 10 at 6:39 AM view post
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                      There are a couple of ways to look at upcoming PET and/or CT  scans.  You can worry, or you can adjust your thinking (it may take some self talk) to see it as an opportunity.  Right now neither you nor anyone else knows what is going on with your cancer status, but that will change with your scan.  And you will be better off no matter what it shows.  Either your scan will be clear (NED--no e...

                      December 07 at 6:59 AM view post
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                      About Sdurnell

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                      Head and Neck Cancer, Squamous Cell Cancer, Throat Cancer
                      Cancer Nutrition, Radiation

                      I have squamous cell cancer. A neck dissection showed one node positive (<3 cm.) and encapsulated. No primary has been found. I have no risk factors for this condition. Day after tomorrow I go in to have all my teeth pulled (my teeth are OK, but gums not so great). I will need five weeks of radiation, starting as soon as my mouth heals, and have been told not to lose any weight, even though I'm about 15 # overweight. Everyone is hoping I can avoid a feeding tube, but I'm not confident I can eat enough, especially without any teeth. I'd really like advice and support for this.

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