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3/6/2017 Latest post:
Roger was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma which is in his right tonsil and right lymph nodes in his neck. The treatment of this type of cancer is pretty harsh. 7 weeks of radiation and 3 rounds of chemo once every 3 weeks starting at the same time as the radiation. The Drs say that this cancer is very curable and we are keeping that in the front of our minds. Roger and I (Katie) thought that this would be the best way to keep everyone informed on how things are going and you can leave all kinds of messages here so he can see them. Please share this with anyone you know that would like to say hi and see how Roger is doing through out the treatments. I will be on here everyday and will make sure Roger sees them. Please remember that Roger says this is not a death sentence and he will be fine when its all over. Sadly Roger will be more than likely miss a lot of work during this treatment so I will be setting up a gofundme page at some point. We have already been told that his insurance will not cover the mouth wash he will be needing through out the radiation. That will cost him around $300.00 a week just to have that. It is very important that he has the mouthwash because the radiation will be burning his throat.
Tomorrow (monday) Roger goes in for his IV port which will be used for the chemo. Tuesday he goes in to have a feeding tube put in because he may not be able to swallow anything after the radiation treatments start. Wed. he goes to the dentist to set up an appointment to get his teeth taken out. It's been coming for a while but the Dr doing the radiation said he needs all dental work done before radiation because after he has it done, his jaw bone won't be able to heal fast, if at all. If he has any teeth left he will have to have fluoride treatments for the rest of his life. Lovely little side effect huh? Thurs. he goes to a class to quit smoking. He doesn't have to quit but it seems like a good idea. Friday he has an appointment with a speech therapist to give him exercises to keep his swallowing muscles going . That's it for now. Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.