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May 8, 2014
Welcome to Duane's CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family across the country updated about DA's cancer treatment.
8.9.10. The day he got the news on the golf course, "Duane, you have cancer." This all started sometime in the spring of 2010 when DA complained that he was having a little trouble swallowing. We remember discussing it in the car on May 7th during the trip to our neice's college graduation ceremony. DA went to our family doctor and was treated for oral thrush (yes, the same thing babies get...and we thought it was odd, too!) When the treatment/medicine didn't help with his trouble swallowing the doctor ordered a CT scan, abdominal scan and referred DA to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT). The ENT did a biopsy on the enlarged and reddish left tonsil during the initial office visit; just 3 big snips! And then we waited and hoped for the best. 8.9.10. The biopsy revealed that DA's cancer was an "Invasive squamous cell carcinoma, moderately differentiated, Stage 4 (T2N2CM0); advanced but confined to the head and neck". Things have been moving VERY fast. Within a week, DA was seen by a Radiologist/Oncologist, Medical Oncologist, and an ENT surgeon and underwent a number of tests and procedures. Now the battle plan is set. DA will have IMRT radiation daily, Monday - Friday for 7 weeks along with a once-a-week chemo IV of carboplatin/taxol. Surgery is not an option at this point since the cancer is too advanced and on both sides of the neck (surgery may be an option after the radiation/chemo shrinks the tumors). The plan is to eliminate the cancer; to be cancer-free. 8.9.10. The journey toward healing begins.