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Thinking of you Paul. It seems a daily struggle.
I heard the NO Cancer loud and clear. Really fantastic news.
Tammy


Caregiver/advocate to Husband Kris age 59@ diagnosis
DX Dec '10 SCC BOT T4aN2bM0 HPV+ve.Cisplatin x3 35 IMRT.
PET 6/11 clear.
R) level 2-4 neck dissection 8/1/11 to remove residual node - necrotic with NED
Feb '12 Ca back.. 3/8/12 total glossectomy/laryngectomy/bilat neck dissection/partial pharyngectomy etc. clear margins. All nodes negative for disease. PEG in.
March 2017 - 5 years disease free. Woohoo!
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Uptown, my sternocleomastoid muscle was removed during the neck dissection in 2011. They haven't decided anything yet, I guess too much going on with the teeth issues. I see a neurologist at the end of the month, so I'll take it from there.

I'll pass on Shrek! Hard to believe Midnight Cowboy was X-rated when it came out. That's considered G rated these days.

Thanks for the offers!


10/09 T1N2bM0 Tonsil
11/09 Taxo Cisp 5-FU, 6 Months Hosp
01/11 35 IMRT 70Gy 7 Wks
06/11 30 HBO
08/11 RND PNI
06/12 SND PNI LVI
08/12 RND Pec Flap IORT 12 Gy
10/12 25 IMRT 50Gy 6 Wks Taxo Erbitux
10/13 SND
10/13 TBO/Angiograph
10/13 RND Carotid Remove IORT 10Gy PNI
12/13 25 Protons 50Gy 6 Wks Carbo
11/14 All Teeth Extract 30 HBO
03/15 Sequestromy Buccal Flap ORN
09/16 Mandibulectomy Fib Flap Sternotomy
04/17 Regraft hypergranulation Donor Site
06/17 Heart Attack Stent
02/19 Finally Cancer Free Took 10 yrs






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Thanks Tammy, it is a struggle everyday, but that's the way it is. I'm sort of used to it after 5 years, but definitely tired of it. Things could be worse, and better too. Still being clear helps!


10/09 T1N2bM0 Tonsil
11/09 Taxo Cisp 5-FU, 6 Months Hosp
01/11 35 IMRT 70Gy 7 Wks
06/11 30 HBO
08/11 RND PNI
06/12 SND PNI LVI
08/12 RND Pec Flap IORT 12 Gy
10/12 25 IMRT 50Gy 6 Wks Taxo Erbitux
10/13 SND
10/13 TBO/Angiograph
10/13 RND Carotid Remove IORT 10Gy PNI
12/13 25 Protons 50Gy 6 Wks Carbo
11/14 All Teeth Extract 30 HBO
03/15 Sequestromy Buccal Flap ORN
09/16 Mandibulectomy Fib Flap Sternotomy
04/17 Regraft hypergranulation Donor Site
06/17 Heart Attack Stent
02/19 Finally Cancer Free Took 10 yrs






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Glad you have time to post here.


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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Paul,

Wishing you the best on your next round of treatment. At least it is "only" dental issues! Although what you've been thru I know that isn't a minor issue. Really happy to hear that you are in the NED category - that is fantastic!

Last year I had to have 4 teeth removed due to RT damage and went through HBO for the 2nd time. I did not require tubes either time and it was not a requirement at the treatment center I went to. I had some issues with my ears during round 1 of HBO, but after I got the breathing technique master, it wasn't a problem. Just the thought of another surgery (tubes), regardless of how minor, wasn't something I wanted.

The only issues I had as a result of HBO was higher BP during treatment and blurry vision towards the end that lasted a few weeks.

The biggest issue was boredom! Fortunately the facility I went to had a large screen TV mounted on the wall and the screen was big enough that I could see it without my glasses. The first time I went through HBO I watched the Sopranos - not exactly a G rating, but I got no complaints from the others in the room, and I found the staff was watching it along with me. The last time I watched the series Lost for the 2nd time (still confused as to what happened). I found watching a series like that made me actually look forward to going to treatment and made the time pass quickly!

Wishing you the best!


Susan

SCC R-Lateral tongue, T1N0M0
Age 47 at Dx, non-smoker, casual drinker, HPV-
Surgery: June 2005
RT: Feb-Apr 2006
HBOT: 45 in 2008; 30 in 2013
Recurrence/Surgeries: Jan & Apr 2010
Biopsy 2/2011: Moderate dysplasia
Surgery 4/2011: Mild dysplasia
Dental issues: 2013-2021
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Paul,

Just read over your recent post with NED update! Now wishing you improvement of your pain and symptoms.

My husband had a dental consult last week with Dr. Buchbinder at Institute of Head, Neck & Thyroid Cancer, Mt. Sinai/Beth israel Hospital. Do I remember correctly that you have seen Dr. Urken?

Thinking of you,
Lottie



CG to husband, dx @ age 65, nonsmoker/social drinker. Dx 5/08 SCC Stage IV, BOT T1N2aM0. 33 IMRT - completed 9/12/08. Induction Chemo (Cisplatin, Taxotere & 5FU), plus concurrent Cisplatin.
1/09 PEG removed; 5/09 neg PET/CT; 5/10 PET/CT NED
Dental extraction & HBOT 2013; ORN 2014; Debridement/Tissue Transfer & HBOT 2016
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I was there last Tuesday, 5th floor. I've seen Dr Urken, Bushbinder in passing lol. I go to this center, and often, read up on all, but see other doctors in otolaryncology, radiology and oncology. I was going to mention Dr. Buchbinder, but being you were already seeing Dr. Urken, he would say what was best. Hope they were helpful.

Thank you for the NED recognition.. It feels good to have two scans in a row, two months apart, that are clear!

Last edited by PaulB; 07-19-2014 09:49 AM. Reason: NED

10/09 T1N2bM0 Tonsil
11/09 Taxo Cisp 5-FU, 6 Months Hosp
01/11 35 IMRT 70Gy 7 Wks
06/11 30 HBO
08/11 RND PNI
06/12 SND PNI LVI
08/12 RND Pec Flap IORT 12 Gy
10/12 25 IMRT 50Gy 6 Wks Taxo Erbitux
10/13 SND
10/13 TBO/Angiograph
10/13 RND Carotid Remove IORT 10Gy PNI
12/13 25 Protons 50Gy 6 Wks Carbo
11/14 All Teeth Extract 30 HBO
03/15 Sequestromy Buccal Flap ORN
09/16 Mandibulectomy Fib Flap Sternotomy
04/17 Regraft hypergranulation Donor Site
06/17 Heart Attack Stent
02/19 Finally Cancer Free Took 10 yrs






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Thank you Susan. I read your post before, but somehow missed replying. 1st day went well, no problems. Forgot my DVD at home, but they had some available to choose from. I'm gong to bring some of mine in, donate, since I haven't watched any in several years, but a series sounds good. I do have the first year of Seinfeld.


10/09 T1N2bM0 Tonsil
11/09 Taxo Cisp 5-FU, 6 Months Hosp
01/11 35 IMRT 70Gy 7 Wks
06/11 30 HBO
08/11 RND PNI
06/12 SND PNI LVI
08/12 RND Pec Flap IORT 12 Gy
10/12 25 IMRT 50Gy 6 Wks Taxo Erbitux
10/13 SND
10/13 TBO/Angiograph
10/13 RND Carotid Remove IORT 10Gy PNI
12/13 25 Protons 50Gy 6 Wks Carbo
11/14 All Teeth Extract 30 HBO
03/15 Sequestromy Buccal Flap ORN
09/16 Mandibulectomy Fib Flap Sternotomy
04/17 Regraft hypergranulation Donor Site
06/17 Heart Attack Stent
02/19 Finally Cancer Free Took 10 yrs






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Getting back to the Proton Therapy Thread. Here us a recent article that Proton Therapy may have advances over IMRT for advanced head and neck cancers.

http://www.newswise.com/articles/pr...d-head-and-neck-cancers-mayo-study-finds


10/09 T1N2bM0 Tonsil
11/09 Taxo Cisp 5-FU, 6 Months Hosp
01/11 35 IMRT 70Gy 7 Wks
06/11 30 HBO
08/11 RND PNI
06/12 SND PNI LVI
08/12 RND Pec Flap IORT 12 Gy
10/12 25 IMRT 50Gy 6 Wks Taxo Erbitux
10/13 SND
10/13 TBO/Angiograph
10/13 RND Carotid Remove IORT 10Gy PNI
12/13 25 Protons 50Gy 6 Wks Carbo
11/14 All Teeth Extract 30 HBO
03/15 Sequestromy Buccal Flap ORN
09/16 Mandibulectomy Fib Flap Sternotomy
04/17 Regraft hypergranulation Donor Site
06/17 Heart Attack Stent
02/19 Finally Cancer Free Took 10 yrs






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Paul,
Congrats on the NED, what a tremendous battle you've had. I hope you get a serious long term (forever) break from this!


Brian
Stage IV TxN2aM0 HPV+ SCC 38 y.o. male
9/20/13 Sentinel Node Found
12/5/13 Start of 72Gy and 5 bags of Cisplatin
1/21/14 Treatment Ends
1/25/15 1 Yr clear
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