I have Merkel cell cancer in face & neck
Had Head & Neck small cell carcinomas in the lymph system left jaw & neck. Surgery removed all lymph nodes & then chemo & radiation as precautionary if some loose cancer cells remain in area. Fortunately, per PET scan, mine had not yet spread but apparently Merkel starts on the skin & if not detected & treated, quickly metastasizes to the lymph system. I had a complete dermatological exam which didn’t show anything.
Almost a year now since surgery & recent PET scan showed nothing. Will have CT scan every 6 months. Advised that any recurrence would first be treated with immunotherapy.
It sounds, what I have. Did you have side effects . My tongue still stings & my nose & throat still have mucus, which makes it hard to swallow & breath. It’s going to be 3 months after chemotherapy and radiation. Please tell me it’s a common side effect. I am so scared. I have a petscan and ct scan coming up November 21st.