Yesterday I called our local Oral Surgeons office. They had taken care of Ron at various points in his treatment and were always so nice and hopeful about his recovery. I asked the receptionist if they were giving screenings this week and she had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. She put me on hold to ask someone else, and they had no idea either. It is the saddest thing in the world to me that I had to explain that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and that this week is Oral Cancer Awareness Week, when many dentists, hospitals, Oral Surgeons, etc. give screenings. After I got teary and explained it all to them, I was assured that they would "see what they could do". I feel very helpless and hopeless for future patients with this lack of knowledge.

Lori, cg to H Ron, age 56.
Stage IV Oral SCC-T1N2. Tongue resected and right ND 8/05. Teeth removed, PORT, PEG, IMRT x33, Cisplatin x3. Tx ended 10/05.
Recurrence 7/08 Stage IV. Surgery 8/30/08.
2nd recur. 11/08. 2nd surgery 2/2/09.
3rd recur. 4/9/09. Erbitux wkly. 5/09-?
Ron died 6/6/09.
Lori also passed away 8/20/11, colon cancer