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10/5/2016 Latest post:
I was diagnosed with cancer August 5, 2016. After having a sore throat for 2-3 months and a lymph node that would swell up and go down, I experienced some bleeding from my mouth. One visit to the doctor and he quickly diagnosed me with Stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma of the left base of the tongue. I had a CT scan the same day, that confirmed the doctor's findings. After much research, I initially had decided to go with a nutritional therapy, Gerson therapy. However, 2 weeks after the initial diagnosis, my left lung filled with fluid and I had to have a thorocentesis to drain the fluid off my lung. The doctors have been unable to clarify the cause of this and have told me that it is inconclusive as to whether of not this is part of the cancer or not. Because of that and finding out that this cancer is an aggressive cancer, I had to rethink my treatment options and the time for these options to work. I have chosen to go ahead with conventional treatment - chemo and radiation- and also do nutritional therapy to try to keep my body healthy as it fights this battle.
My treatments start tomorrow....I will have 5 radiation treatments a week and one chemo treatment per week. I will have my first radiation treatment tomorrow. I will also have a PicLine put in for the chemo treatments on Thursday. I am working today, but will be off for the next 3 months while I receive these treatments.