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#147717 - 04/03/12 04:57 PM Re: new to the board [Re: pleasant]
braziliangirl82 Offline
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Registered: 01/26/12
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In 3 days I started eating again. In 10 days I were fine. In 20 days I was 100%.
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December, 2011 - T1N0M0 SSC Oral Tongue sugery (Dec 07, 2011). Partial glossectomy, primary closure. Selective Neck dissection, all 57 nodes free. 29 at diagnosis, no risk factors at all. No smoking, drinking and HPV negative. Can you explain? I can't.

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#147741 - 04/03/12 11:21 PM Re: new to the board [Re: braziliangirl82]
pleasant Offline
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Okay,

I had this biopsy done last Thursday, it was a punch biopsy
The lesion was in the middle of my tounge almost near the back.
after the biopsy It was a little deep hole, proabably only 2mm.
He didn't tell me anything, like gargle or the like.
But he did throw me on Amxocillan 500mg 3 times a day.

So, that was TH, FR, SAT, SUN, MON, TUES

But I have this soreness around the area and redness..
and it kind of travels down the tounge
and some times it flares up.. and then settles back down.
I am pretty sure I am fighting an infection.

Perhaps he should have sutured it? Perhaps I didn't keep it clean enough?

At any rate I am seeing the GP tomorrow for a full physical, and I left a message at the ENT's office questioning this behavior.

I think I will go get some more hyrdrogen peroxide and a thermometer.

I have a bad feeling about this behavior.

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#147759 - 04/04/12 03:04 AM Re: new to the board [Re: pleasant]
Cheryld Offline
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Try not to worry until you get our results - it is possible you do have an infection, the mouth is one of the dirtiest places on your body. Try to keep the area clean. Take care...
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Cheryl : Irritation - 2004 BX: 6/2008 : Inflam. BX: 12/10, DX: 12/10 : SCC - LS tongue well dif. T2N1M0. 2/11 hemigloss + recon. : PND - 40 nodes - 39 clear. 3/11 - 5/11 IMRT 33 + cis x2, PEG 3/28/11 - 5/19/11 3 head, 2 chest scans - clear(fingers crossed) HPV-, No smoke, drink, or drugs, Vegan

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#147828 - 04/05/12 11:18 PM Re: new to the board [Re: Cheryld]
pleasant Offline
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The biopsy was negative;

It said on the screen at my PCP:

Inflammation...no Malignancy detected

The woman from the ENT's office called me and told me that too,
and then she said sometimes the pathologist may send it out for a second opinion..

I see the ENT again in a week for a review.

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#147843 - 04/06/12 03:59 AM Re: new to the board [Re: pleasant]
Cheryld Offline
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Yeah!, keep a close eye on it... smile
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Cheryl : Irritation - 2004 BX: 6/2008 : Inflam. BX: 12/10, DX: 12/10 : SCC - LS tongue well dif. T2N1M0. 2/11 hemigloss + recon. : PND - 40 nodes - 39 clear. 3/11 - 5/11 IMRT 33 + cis x2, PEG 3/28/11 - 5/19/11 3 head, 2 chest scans - clear(fingers crossed) HPV-, No smoke, drink, or drugs, Vegan

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#147845 - 04/06/12 04:17 AM Re: new to the board [Re: Cheryld]
ChristineB Offline
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Excellent news! Congrats!!!!
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Christine

SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 rad end 9/27/07, no caregiver
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
total of 185 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo hospital extended stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line w/ IV antibiotics 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3 times in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile

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#147855 - 04/06/12 11:41 AM Re: new to the board [Re: ChristineB]
pleasant Offline
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Registered: 03/28/12
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Loc: MA
Thank you!

The biopsy left a little 3mm hole since it was a punch or scoop thing, so I am trying to see that heal up.

It's been covered, then bleed, then oozed and the inflammation weant down.

I am on the 8th day of that and just concerned if it won't heal correctly.

I think sticking my toune out to look at it, may actually be upsetting the healing process!



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#147858 - 04/06/12 02:13 PM Re: new to the board [Re: pleasant]
BuffaloFan Offline
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Registered: 04/05/12
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Loc: Rochester NY USA
Originally Posted By: pleasant


I think sticking my tongue out to look at it, may actually be upsetting the healing process!




Recommend not sticking it out unless a herd of wild pink elephants come walking through your living room. grin

Good luck
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squamous cell carcinomas Stage 2, 1/26/2012. Surgery 2/15/2012 - Finished Chemo 5/18/2012 Finishing Radiation 5/29/2012
So make every minute count-Jump up, jump in and seize the day-And let's make sure that in every single possible way -Today is gonna to be a great day

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#147882 - 04/07/12 01:27 AM Re: new to the board [Re: BuffaloFan]
Kerri Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 472
Loc: MA
Hi, Brett!

I'm just catching your thread now, but I am so happy to hear that your biopsy was negative!

My experience with my initial biopsy was that he had to excise a piece of tongue(about the size of a chick pea) under local anesthetic and boy did it hurt like hell! So, my experience was quite different than some posting in this thread.

As far as a punch biopsy goes, they may not have stitched it due to the location. My ENT/surgical oncologist said that "the tongue is very forgiving" in that it fills in well and will kind of "remold" itself to the confines of your oral cavity. My guess is that you are indeed irritating it by sticking it out so far and so often. That would make a normal tongue sore, unless you're Gene Simmons! So, I would say give it a rest. You may want to avoid acidic foods until it heals and any textures that are difficult for you to manipulate with the tongue. If you're still concerned about infection or keeping the biopsy site clean, you can ask your ENT for chlorohexidine oral rinse, which will help cleanse the wound. You shouldn't use it long-term, though, because it stains your teeth.

All said and done, the best part is that you don't have oral cancer! I'm glad you came to us for support! Best of luck to you!

smile Kerri
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37 y/o fem at Dx (23 wks preg @ dx on 3/16/11)
SCC L oral tongue (no risk factors)
L partial gloss/SND 3/28/11 @ 25 wks preg
T1-2N0M0; no rads/chemo
Tonsillectomy on 8/6/12 +SCC L tonsil T2-3N1M0 (HPV-)
Treated with 35 rads/7 carbo & taxol (Rx ended 10/31/12), but many hospitalizations d/t complications from rx.
3 clear MRIs w/ & w/o contrast since Jan '13 NED!
Part of genetic study for rare cancers @ MGH.
Just turned 40 and grateful! Hoping for 40 more!

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#147904 - 04/07/12 01:30 PM Re: new to the board [Re: Kerri]
pleasant Offline
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Registered: 03/28/12
Posts: 14
Loc: MA
Hi, Thank you for your replies..

seems like at 8 days it should be all healed up. but it keeps getting slightly inflamed and re-opening. perhaps thats what happens with second intention (no stiches).

perhaps I am expecting too much..

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