4/14/2016 -- Surgical removal of most of what was thought to be a type 11 HPV wart between the base of my tongue and my epiglottis 4/20/2016 -- Toxicology report on the tissue removed yielded a diagnosis of squamous-cell carcinoma of the head or neck (SCCHN) caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) -- one of the types that causes cervical cancer and mouth cancer (NOT HPV warts) 5/5/2016 -- First weekly infusion with cetuximab (Erbitux) -- Thursdays 5/13/2016 -- First weekday X-ray radiation treatment 5/26/2016 -- Increased pain level in my mouth and throat has made feeding by mouth virtually impossible until sometime in August or September. 6/7/2016 -- Unexpected face swelling (what I call Chipmunk-Elephant Syndrome) demanded a reconsideration of the treatment program. > Chemotherapy ended (as of 6/2 infusion #5) > Radiation goal reduced from 5,400 centiGray (investigative standard) to 3,780 centiGray (as of 6/16).
6/2/2016 -- Last chemo infusion (#5)
6/16/2016 -- FINAL X-ray radiation treatment (XRT) = #21 = 3,780 centiGray (70% of the investigative target dosage)
6/30/2016 -- Began eating daily by mouth again (begrudgingly since taste sensations were whack) -- about 1/3 of nutritional intake by mouth
9/1/2016 -- Planned PET scan to assess residual cancer presence
Thanksgiving or Christmas -- Reasonably expected to have sweet taste sensation return to normal or close to it.