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Let us know what happens.


David

Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.
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Good luck - today... I know it's scary hopefully they can do something for him. wink And maybe he will go for treatment...


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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He was diagnosed stage 4. The tumor is 4.5 cm and has gone into his jaw bone. It has also attached to his tongue> The surgeon said that he had to have his jaw, floor of mouth and most of his tongue removed, followed by chemo and rad to have any chance of survival. He won't do that, but the chemo doc disagreed (they work as a team at Dana-Farber and examine together). He said the he believes that with seven weeks of radiation and cisplatin, he has a 50% chance of cure.

All of this depends on if the cancer has not metastasized. If it has spread anywhere below the collarbone or into his brain, they will not treat and only offer palliative care. I got him to go back yesterday and do bloods, PET scan and CAT scan. I am encouraging him to be brave - one foot in front of the other. I believe that given the chance, he will muster the courage to do the chemo/rad route. The surgery at this point may be too much.

I have gotten him better meds and he is being fully cared for at DF.

We go back next week for the results of the scans. God willing, it hasnt spread and he can try the chemo.



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Pre-canc 10 years ago
Biopsy Dentist 10/12
Stage 2 SCC 2.5cm
no action
5/13 to DanaFarber
Examined by Surgeon, MO, RO
PET, CAT
Stage T4, 4.5cm, no METs, or lymph nds
Started treatment 6/17 - RT 5x/wk, Csptn 1/wk, for 7 wks - will end 8/5
PEG since his first week.
Treatment ended 8/5
Scans scheduled for 10/30, with FU appointment 11/6
11/1 - Treatments didn;t work. Tumor continues to grow.
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A friend was treated for a large BOT tumor with lymph node involvement at D-F a number of years ago: he is doing very well today. D-F is a wonderful institution. Best of luck to you both.
Maria


CG to husband - SCC Tonsil T1N2M0 HPV+ Never Smoker
First symptoms 7/2010, DX 12/2010
TX 40 IRMT (1.8 gy) + 10 Cetuximab
PET Scans 6/2011 + 3/2012 clear, 5 year physical exam clear; chest CT's clear of cancer. On thyroid pills. Life is good.
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To me, its sounds like the rads and chemo will be used to try to shrink the tumor so the surgery isnt as extensive. The operation you wrote about is a very big and complicated one. Ive had my jaw removed and know what its like to go thru that surgery. Not an easy path but it can be done. If the rads and chemo doesnt get all the tumor then at that point he may need a surgery but it shouldnt be as invasive. Sounds like your friend is in very capable hands.



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SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
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7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
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To me, its sounds like the rads and chemo will be used to try to shrink the tumor so the surgery isnt as extensive. The operation you wrote about is a very big and complicated one. Ive had my jaw removed and know what its like to go thru that surgery. Not an easy path but it can be done. If the rads and chemo doesnt get all the tumor then at that point he may need a surgery but it shouldnt be as invasive. Sounds like your brother is in very capable hands.



Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 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 xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
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I agree... This type of cancer will likely need both treatments. The problem with dong ras and chemo first is healing then becomes more difficult. Tell him to stay strong.


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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I will let you know what happens when we hear if it spread.


AWW, Brother of Dave, 60
Pre-canc 10 years ago
Biopsy Dentist 10/12
Stage 2 SCC 2.5cm
no action
5/13 to DanaFarber
Examined by Surgeon, MO, RO
PET, CAT
Stage T4, 4.5cm, no METs, or lymph nds
Started treatment 6/17 - RT 5x/wk, Csptn 1/wk, for 7 wks - will end 8/5
PEG since his first week.
Treatment ended 8/5
Scans scheduled for 10/30, with FU appointment 11/6
11/1 - Treatments didn;t work. Tumor continues to grow.
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David

Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.
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Great news. No spread beyond mouth that shows, although the surgeon is still pretty sure she would have to remove his jaw and at least half of his tongue. He decided (and the doctors actually agreed) that the surgery would be too radical without a major increase in cure. So he is going for the Rad/Chemo route. As I mentioned, it took me a long time to get him to the point that he would even walk into a doctor. But he is facing his fears and he is going for it. Today is the pre-radiation scan and should start the radiation of his mouth and both sides of his neck (the docs say they are sure there are at least some cells in the lymph nodes even if they didnt show on the scans).

They are saying the cure odds are between 60 and 80%. Better than his desire to kill himself.


AWW, Brother of Dave, 60
Pre-canc 10 years ago
Biopsy Dentist 10/12
Stage 2 SCC 2.5cm
no action
5/13 to DanaFarber
Examined by Surgeon, MO, RO
PET, CAT
Stage T4, 4.5cm, no METs, or lymph nds
Started treatment 6/17 - RT 5x/wk, Csptn 1/wk, for 7 wks - will end 8/5
PEG since his first week.
Treatment ended 8/5
Scans scheduled for 10/30, with FU appointment 11/6
11/1 - Treatments didn;t work. Tumor continues to grow.
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