Michael Cowan | CaringBridge

Michael Cowan

First post: Nov 9, 2017 Latest post: Apr 25, 2018



As all of you know Mike has been having problems  with breathing for about a year now. He had shrugged it off as allergies followed by a sinus infection. His symptoms remained the same up until August , which is when his lymph nodes became swollen and hard. With his first doctors visit it was still thought that he just had a sinus infection. He was prescribed antibiotics and steroids and was told to see a dentist, as his wisdom teeth could be a secondary cause for the pain and swelling. Upon seeing the oral surgeon for a consultation the Dr. noticed a growth on the left side of Mike’s throat and said it could be a swollen tonsil that regrew (his were removed as a child) and suggested he see a ENT when it was convenient. He agreed that Mike’s wisdom teeth did need to be removed. A week later he returned to the surgeon to have his teeth removed and the Dr said the growth had doubled in size and sent us straight to his personal ENT later that day. The ENT confirmed the growth was not a tonsil and sent Mike for a CT. We returned a week later to the ENT to get the CT results and she checked his throat and said his airway was becoming emergent and suggested we go to an ER.  We went to MD Anderson where a second CT was done and we were told his growth was most likely nasopharyngeal carcinoma. He was released and told to seek outpatient services for radiation and chemotherapy. The ENT referred us to an oncologist that she highly recommended. We met with him and he said that his situation is serious but he is optimistic for a positive outcome, and is anxious to start radiation quickly. He also said he would like a biopsy just to make 100% sure that what he has is nasopharyngeal carcinoma and not lymphoma.

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