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October 2014 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Squamos Cell Throat Cancer. I was HPV+ and had multiple lymph nodes involved on both sides of my neck. I had 35 radiation treatments finishing Feb. 1, 2015. Fast forward a year, since Feb. of this year I have periodically been coughing [...]
"What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Throat Cancer?" New Blog Post from Dana-Farber
This blog story describes the various signs and symptoms of throat cancer -- including cancer of the larynx, the nasopharynx, and the oropharynx. The post begins,
"Throat cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that may[...]
My partner Fred (69) and I live near Blenheim, New Zealand. Blenheim has a small hospital (Wairau) and is served by the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB). NMDHB has a larger hospital in Nelson which is a little over 100km from Blenheim. Fred also has COPD. Fred had [...]
I have just been diagnosed with cancer of the vocal cord (it hurts to admit that!). My PCP says the report indicates that it is in situ and I should respond well to treatment. I've had a consult with radiation oncology. It seems there's 5 1/2 weeks of radiation ahead.[...]
Aug 6, 2016 · @shkalley · Treatment decision making-- chemoradiation or no treatment
My husband was diagnosed with oropharynx cancer - Stage 4, T3 N2c M0 - and had successful surgery at the end of June. He's now trying to decide about doing chemoradiation or no treatment. The doctors recommended the chemoradiation because his lymph nodes were involved with extranodal extension and although[...]
Sep 1, 2016 · @murielk88 · Nasal pharyngeal cancer-- severe headaches and earaches
Hi I am Muriel I found out 3 months ago that I had a nasal pharyngeal tumor , dealing with severe headaches and earaches for a long time before finding out. I wonder if anyone could guide me on the recovery, i had 33 radiation sessions and two chimos already...Three[...]
Jun 8, 2016 · @luisa · What Is the Best Diet for Someone with Oral Cancer? DFCI Blog
New Dana-Farber Blog Post: "What Is the Best Diet for Someone with Oral Cancer?"
The story begins,
"Side effects from oral cancer and its treatment can make it challenging to eat essential nutrients that can maintain strength and support recovery. Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, a senior nutritionist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s[...]
Hi all, Is it just me or do we all keep suffering for years to come, I am 2 years 2 months and I am still having a difficult time with memory, getting things done, takes forever. Am I alone and how long does it go on? Thanks[...]
Voice i was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer on June 8,2015. I did 7 weeks of radiation and 3 chemo treatments. My doctors say I am doing great. My voice is still a little scratchy and hoarse. Can I expect it to get better? My thyroid was affected by the radiation. I [...]
Hi, my husband's yearly pet scan showed metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma with recurrence in the mediastinal nodes post laryngectomy and bilateral neck dissection following one year of treatment. Primary site all clear. Liver, pancreas, brain, bone, all clear. Doctor suggests weekly systemic chemotherapy with carboplatin, paclitaxel and[...]
Hi Guys & Gals.....Not new.....I am 2 years out. 2 year screening was good, except they want to do the scans again in 3 months.?? Is it normal to feel like the chemo takes over , you have no control?? I have had better days where I felt I was [...]
"How to Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer" New Dana-Farber Blog Post The post begins, "Each year, more than 48,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer, which occurs in the oral cavity – lips and cheeks, gums, tongue, floor or roof of [...]