The beginning of April Rod noticed a lump on the left side of his neck. We were watching the lump and had an appointment scheduled with a family doctor. The doctor immediately went in "cancer" mode and sent Rod to see an ENT. The ENT determined the lump to be a "brachial cleft cyst" and wanted to do surgery to remove it to determine what was causing the enlarged lymph node. When the ENT told us that he had not done many of these surgeries we decide to get a second opinion. :) On Monday, June 5th Rod was seen at Mayo Clinic and diagnosed with Oropharynx Cancer. He has cancer in his left tonsil and some of his lymph nodes. He will have surgery on Friday, June 16th to remove his tonsil (by a robot) as well as the lymph nodes that the cancer has spread and any other suspicious ones. After a time of healing from the surgery Rod will receive both chemo and radiation treatments. This will all be done in Rochester.
We are learning a lot this week about a road we had not traveled before. We are not sure why God has us on this path but we will draw closer to Him and our family. We never thought we'd be part of the Cancer Family. We are thankful that the lump on his neck appeared or we would not have known that cancer was growing in his body. We are also thankful that this throat cancer is very "treatable-curable".