In January Mance found a small lump in his neck near a lymph node... after visiting his family Dr. they decided to do a fine needle biopsy of the node, which came back as cancerous. Next was a CAT Scan... then after visiting the oncology ear & throat surgeon following the biopsy, they determined it was some form of Squamous Cell Carcinoma.... which doesn't likely start in the lymph node. They did a scope of his nose/throat - where they found a small tumor at the very back of this tongue area... down his throat. This was followed by a PET scan... where the results were a rainbow of lights - wish it was this pretty. It was nothing he had felt up to this point, was in no pain (other than the needle biopsy), and has never smoked a day in his life... so unfortunately it had time to spread to his lymph node area before we caught it. Following the scope, they scheduled a full biopsy of the back of this throat where they actually ended up taking 14_ biopsy plugs... so then a couple weeks of not being able to eat very easily for that to start healing. Mance was then officially diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in his throat, that metastasized into a few of his lymph nodes on both sides of his neck. Because of the spread to the lymph nodes they have him as stage 3 cancer. MRI came next - and of everything that seemed to be the most uncomfortable up to this point - but Mance sucked it up and got through it... realizing he is more claustrophobic than he thought! Next step CT SIM mask followed by daily radiation treatments (M-F) for 7 weeks and 3 chemo treatments. There are some serious side effects expected from such a concentrated treatment schedule, and fingers crossed that it is better than expected.
Big hopes and positive support for a full recovery and ridding this crap from his body.
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