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#91144 03-04-2009 03:57 PM
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This morning was the hopefully last surgery I will need to recover from OC. Due to some after effects from radiation, my teeth needed to all be removed. Going into the OC battle my teeth werent the best. Unfortunatley radiation did alot of damage to them no matter how much I tried to prevent it.

Im home for a few hours. Chipmunk cheeks and a sore swollen nose. The doc must put me to sleep thru a nasal tube due to another lovely after effect trismus. Overall. Im doing ok. Its not easy to drink which I know I must do. Thru all this, I continue to tell myself its almost over and Ive gone thru worse, much worse.

Here I thought 2009 would be my year. Now its gonna be 2010 is the year I can call myself better smile

Wishing everyone here the best with their own battles!


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
very happy to be alive smile
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Christine, I sure am glad to see you post. I wondered most of the day how it went and how you feel.You are a toughy Mam and are coming out on top and maybe quicker than you think.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
--- Passed away 5/14/14, will be greatly missed by everyone here
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Hey Christine...instead of waiting till 2010 for a better year you are just having a delayed new year starting the first day of spring!!! lol We can measure with any time period we want!


Dianne..treatment at cc at Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario...insulin dependant, Surgery Sept 8/08 Tracheotomy,composite resection and bilateral neck dissection, left radial forearm free flap... T2N0 squamous cell carcinoma. No radiation A little over 2 yrs clear YAY
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Hang in there Christine!


CG to Father, 75 yo with SCC of the mouth; upper maxillectomy and neck diss. performed on 5/23/07. Father also suffered heart attack during surgery and now has CHF. RT complete on 8/28/07. Cancer back 11/27/07. RT and Chemo to start on 12/17. Cancer back 6/17/08. Finally at rest 08/08/08.
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Thanks for the well wishes. Today is a little better. Bleeding has stopped and the swelling isnt as bad. My mouth hurts but that is to be expected. For some reason my neck hurts more than my mouth. Doc must have really fought to get those teeth out.

Surprisingly I can talk pretty well without teeth. Im sure my speech will be more clear when the swelling is gone. Hope to be back to work and talking close to normal on Monday.


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
very happy to be alive smile
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HI Christine,
Glad everything went well. How many HBO tx did you have prior to getting your teeth out? I am cancer free for ten years and now all my dental work (mucho money) is loose. My oral surgeons appt is today and I am wondering what is next??? Do they fit you with dentures right away?? My problem area is my right lower, so hopefully I won't have to have my teeth extracted.
We will see.... I am not looking forward to the Medical scene again.... Maria


Maria 33 when diagnosed with SCC, partial glossectomy with skin graph from thigh,rt side nodes removed,ten nodes positive, PEG, 30 RAD tx, 1998. Scans clean.30 HBO tx-Massive dental work 07-08, ORN present 2009.
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Maria

I had 55 HBO last year. That was due to not recovering from my second round of OC very well. This year, I have had 20 before the dental extractions and currently doing minimum 10 after. In my case, the answer to your denture question is unfortunately no, I will not be fitted for dentures for at least 6 months. Healing takes much longer for OC patients. It cant be rushed or complications could happen like ORN.


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
very happy to be alive smile
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Christine,

So glad to see that you are up and about better than the past few days. Has the pain gotten better?

Patty


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SCC Floor of Mouth 7/06
9/06 Surgery, bilateral neck dissection, 58 nodes clear PT2pN0pMx
35 rad 2006
Recurred 6/08, 1 Carboplatin, 1 Cisplatin
Surgery 9/08 - Total glossectomy, free flap from pectoral muscle, left mandible replaced using fibula
35 IMRT & Erbitux 11/08
4/15/09 recurrence
6/1/09 passed away, rest in peace
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Thanks Patty

Im still struggling to get better. Everyday is only just a tiny bit better. Having some trouble again with low blood pressure 90/50, wasnt feeling the best. Restarted the HBO so very soon will be feeling better.


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
very happy to be alive smile
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Hi Christine...have you gone back to work? If so, how did that go?


Suzanne
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T1 SCC on right side of tongue
Age 31...27 when diagnosed
4 partial glossectomies
No chemo or radiation
Biopsy on 2/2/10-Clear
Surgery needed again...no later than April 2011
Loving life and just became a mother on 11/25/10
It's not what we CAN'T do..it's what we CAN do:)
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