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Throat cancer

Hi, I'm Mickeyd53

Hello, this is my first post on this site. I was recently diagnosed with ‘Left Tonsil Squamous Cell Carcinoma’. I am getting ready to start radiation and chemotherapy treatments. I’ve already had my port put in, I’m getting a feeding tube put in next Tuesday, 4/21/20. I’m really anxious about the whole radiation and chemotherapy sessions. Has anyone gone through this? I’m really worried especially now with Corona virus going around, especially sine the chemo will all but deplete mu immune system, and I will be susceptible to just about anything out there. I asked the ENT Dr who diagnosed me and did my biopsy why can he not just surgically remove this thing. He said no, because it’s on my tonsil and something about my jaw, which I didn’t really understand. Has anyone had this removed or treated by surgery as opposed to the radiation and chemo…
Thanks in advance everyone. Stay SAFE people…….✌️

  • Post #1
  • Sun Apr 19, 2020
Hi, I'm Bobbie

I just started chemo and radiation for squamous cell carcinoma on the back of my tongue, plus an enlarged lymph node in my neck. It’s totally scary, and I can definitely relate to your issues. But to have my cancer surgically removed could have left me deformed, with potential voice problems. So I’m doing the treatments. Chemo was not bad, but the radiation is a pain 5 days a week. I’ve lost my appetite, but can’t afford to lose weight, so I’m drinking Boost VHC. Drinking 2 quarts of water isn’t easy either, as I get up every 40 minutes to go to the bathroom.
I’m not answering your questions, but it’s helpful for me to know I’m not the only one dealing with this type of cancer here.

  • Post #2
  • Wed Apr 29, 2020
Hi, I'm Mickeyd53

Thanks for the response. I was hoping someone would respond just so I know I’m not out there alone. The chemo wasn’t exactly all bad. It was the injection they gave me the next day to help boost my immune system. That night I began getting the worst nausea ever and began non-stop throwing up, it was horrible and I was miserable. Didn’t sleep but maybe an hour or so that night. Then I started my radiation treatments the next day and that’s no fun either. I’m claustrophobic and it is rough. Now I take a pill to help me and they aren’t nearly as bad, but still not pleasant. I hope I can get through this mess. I’ve been going back to the Start center every day since I started my chemo for hydration. It seems the chemo is effecting my kidneys.
And I just can’t seem to beat this nausea..
Hopefully we can get more people on here and share some good information..
Stay safe……✌️

  • Post #3
  • Wed May 6, 2020
Hi, I'm mhrunge

Are you taking your nausea medication? I had 3 types. One for slight nausea, one for medium nausea and one for strong nausea. You need to take all 3 at the intervals described on the label. Even if you don’t have nausea, keep taking the medication. It takes time to work and if you skip doses, it will not work the way you need it.

  • Post #4
  • Fri May 22, 2020

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