Mouth and Throat Cancer - Symptoms

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Published: September 10

Months ago I was noticing a white patch on my tongue. Being too busy I dismissed it as something my inhalers did from asthma. When my tongue started to feel irritated I went to an ENT Doctor (ear, nose and throat). I was pawned off to her assistant who treated me for thrush for a month. Finally, I insisted on seeing the actual doctor who upon first sight of my tongue suggested a biopsy from a good hospital. I called the hospital and couldn't get an appointment for a month. Finally, two days after a painful biopsy I was told I had squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) in my mouth. I'm looking at losing close to half my tongue to surgery because I had bad medical treatment. Let's face it. The earlier you catch cancer the better the outcome will be. Needless to say if you look in your mouth and your tongue looks questionable go to an oral surgeon and have a biopsy ASAP. Good Health to all..

Published: January 08

I went to the ENT because my wife and I could not sleep in the same room because my snoring kept her awake. The ENT looked at my throat and then at my neck. He noticed my lymph nodes swollen on both sides of my neck and said he needed to do a biopsy. It came back positive for cancer. He immediately set me up with the Radiologist and Chemo Doctors and I started treatment soon after. After 35 radiation treatments and 6 chemo treatments, I finished up and rested to recover. I tried to work but was unable physically and emotionally. I kept my weight up (after losing over 50 LBs) with my feeding tube and Boost+. Finally after 9-10 months on the feeding, I was able to eat food. It started off slowly but gradually I could eat again and just in time for the holidays. I have to eat a lot slower and chew my food really well. But it is good to be pretty much back to normal. There is hope for throat cancer victims. By the way, my Chemo doctor told me I am one of the only cancer victims he could think of who did not smoke or drink. Who knows what causes the cancer..