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#76966 07-14-2008 06:03 PM
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My PEG site has been bothering me for a couple of days, and flushing it had become increasingly uncomfortable which I mentioned during my On Treatment Visit today in radiology. Several phone calls later, I was seen by a PA in the clinic, and after she made some phone calls I was sent down to the brand new CT machine for an abdominal series. Got a call a couple of hours later, the bumper is in my abdominal muscle, not in the stomach! So tomorrow, before my 9:15am radiation, and my third chemo infusion, I will have the tube removed. The plan is to let the site heal for a couple of days and then send me to interventional radiation in the hopes that they can insert a new one without having to go to the OR.

Me and devices? We don't get along so well.


Stage IV SCC lt lateral tongue, surgery 5/19/08 (partial gloss/upper neck dissection left side/radial free flap reconstruction) IMRT w/weekly Cisplatin & Erbitux 6/30/08, PEG 1 6/12/08 - out 7/14 (in abdominal wall, not stomach), PEG 2 7/23/08 - out 11/20/08, Tx done 8/18/08
Second SCC tumor, Stage 1, rt mobile tongue, removed 10/18/2016, right neck dissection 12/9/2016
Third SCC tumor, diagnosed, 4/19/2108, rt submandibular mass, HPV-, IMRT w/ weekly Cisplatin, 5/9 - 6/25/2018, PEG 3 5/31/2018
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Margaret, Yikes, that stinks. What a time to have something like that happen too at the end of your treatment. Hope they can get it back in RIGHT soon!

Nelie


SCC(T2N0M0) part.glossectomy & neck dissect 2/9/05 & 2/25/05.33 IMRT(66 Gy),2 Cisplatin ended 06/03/05.Stage I breast cancer treated 2/05-11/05.Surgery to remove esophageal stricture 07/06, still having dilatations to keep esophagus open.Dysphagia. "When you're going through hell, keep going"
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Bummer! How could that happen . . . so sorry! Good luck.


Bill . . . SCC - originated in right tonsil, drifted into neck ( 28 lymph nodes removed - one positive ). Radical neck dissection in September 07, completed 34 radiation tx on January 4, 2008. Used Peg. Non smoker, 61, good shape, no previous health issues. Second year PET scan - "all clear".
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Ouch! I hope they get you fixed up soon!!!


Stephanie, 23, SCC on the right side of my tongue, surgery on 5-19-08, over half my tongue removed, free flap constructed from my forearm, bilateral neck dissection, one positive node. Radiation (32) and chemo (carboplatin) started on 6-16-08. Recurrence 4/09 in lungs.

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I wonder how in the world that happened and why. I bet the resposible person has a good one made up already. You are in my prayers and I wish you well with the new PEG when you get it put in.


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Margaret:

I feel bad that you have to go thru that. Im sure it hurts like heck. My peg tube has always been uncomfortable to me, so I cant imagine how ad you must be hurting. Hang in there it will feel better soon.

Christine


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
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OC 3x in 3 years
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Thanks for the kind words, All. A very nice doctor, who I'd never met before, pulled the tube early this morning. I got to look over his shoulder at my CT pictures, and there was the bumper, right in the abdominal wall. My oncology team is, even now, discussing who should put in a replacement tube since they don't like the type of tube used by the interventional radiology department (its small and rigid!).

It hurt like hell coming out, but the site feels much, much better tonight. I may never know what went wrong with it, but it is possible that it got pulled on slightly at some point. The good news was the hole through the stomach wall had clearly closed so there was nothing leaking into my abdominal cavity and there was no sign of infection.

All I can say now is, whatever they have to do to put in a new tube, I hope like the devil it isn't too painful.

Sheesh!


Stage IV SCC lt lateral tongue, surgery 5/19/08 (partial gloss/upper neck dissection left side/radial free flap reconstruction) IMRT w/weekly Cisplatin & Erbitux 6/30/08, PEG 1 6/12/08 - out 7/14 (in abdominal wall, not stomach), PEG 2 7/23/08 - out 11/20/08, Tx done 8/18/08
Second SCC tumor, Stage 1, rt mobile tongue, removed 10/18/2016, right neck dissection 12/9/2016
Third SCC tumor, diagnosed, 4/19/2108, rt submandibular mass, HPV-, IMRT w/ weekly Cisplatin, 5/9 - 6/25/2018, PEG 3 5/31/2018
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Margaret:

I have had my PEG for 12 days and just reading about your ordeal overwhelms me.

At this point I just have to put a 50ml syringe of water down it once a day, and that seems bad enough, but now I can't help wondering where that water is actually going!

I know I will get use to things like this soon. I Have to since I start my RT tomorrow. Fortunately before my first RT session I have an appointment at Home Infusion to check my PEG and I don't yet need to know what else they have planned!

Such a wimpy guy





Don
TXN2bM0 Stage IVa SCC-Occult Primary
FNA 6/6/08-SCC in node<2cm
PET/CT 6/19/08-SCC in 2nd node<1cm
HiRes CT 6/21/08
Exploratory,Tonsillectomy(benign),Right SND 6/23/08
PEG 7/3/08-11/6/08
35 TomoTherapy 7/16/08-9/04/08 No Chemo
Clear PET/CT 11/15/08, 5/15/09, 5/28/10, 7/8/11

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Don,

If it doesn't hurt, and the water flows in easily, I bet you're good. Mine really hurt when I flushed it and I had to use the syringe to really push the water down while at first it was completely painless and the water just poured in.

Good luck tomorrow, with both the RT and the Home Infusion. And bear in mind that what happened with my tube is very uncommon. I just have to be special in my own way smile

- margaret


Stage IV SCC lt lateral tongue, surgery 5/19/08 (partial gloss/upper neck dissection left side/radial free flap reconstruction) IMRT w/weekly Cisplatin & Erbitux 6/30/08, PEG 1 6/12/08 - out 7/14 (in abdominal wall, not stomach), PEG 2 7/23/08 - out 11/20/08, Tx done 8/18/08
Second SCC tumor, Stage 1, rt mobile tongue, removed 10/18/2016, right neck dissection 12/9/2016
Third SCC tumor, diagnosed, 4/19/2108, rt submandibular mass, HPV-, IMRT w/ weekly Cisplatin, 5/9 - 6/25/2018, PEG 3 5/31/2018
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Margaret,
It looks like you are slightly two weeks ahead of me.
Were you using any canned nutrient yet, or just water?

I think tomorrow they want to get me using a can a day to make sure I am handling it OK before I need it.

So far I have squirted the water in with the syringe plunger (not just poured it in). Still real queezy about it.

Is everything else with you chemo/RT going ok so far?


Don
TXN2bM0 Stage IVa SCC-Occult Primary
FNA 6/6/08-SCC in node<2cm
PET/CT 6/19/08-SCC in 2nd node<1cm
HiRes CT 6/21/08
Exploratory,Tonsillectomy(benign),Right SND 6/23/08
PEG 7/3/08-11/6/08
35 TomoTherapy 7/16/08-9/04/08 No Chemo
Clear PET/CT 11/15/08, 5/15/09, 5/28/10, 7/8/11

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