Paul’s Story

Site created on December 30, 2010

Welcome to Paul DeLuca's CaringBridge website. Paul & I have created it to keep our family and friends updated about Paul's progress. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries on his progress, visit the photo gallery (we will try to post a few photos), and write us a note, story, one liner or whatever the mood stricks in our guestbook.  We want all of you to stay connected with us as we go through this.  You can share your stories with us as well. 

What started out as a sore throat that wouldn't go away has been diagnosed as BOT (base of tongue) Cancer.  This type of cancer is very difficult to diagnose and usually is not discovered until stage 3 or stage 4.  Paul's cancer is in stage 4 (a).  There are 3 substages to stage 4, a,b,c.  His is (a).  

He is scheduled to start an aggressive dose of Radiation on Monday, January 3, 2011.  Radiation will be given 5 days a week, (mon-fri) for 6-8 weeks.  He will also start Chemo on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.  The Chemo will be given once every 2 to 3 weeks, depending on how well the tumor reacts to the treatment. 

It has become very difficult for Paul to chew and swallow.  Most of the food is soft and/or puree'd.  He has had to have a feeding tube put in just in case the treatment makes it impossible for him the swallow.  It is there as a precaution.    We hope he never has to use it!! 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Linda DeLuca

Paul's two month follow up appointment since November was this past Friday, January 25th. The check up went well. The swelling continues to go down. However, it hasn't gone down enough yet for him to be able to have a complete swallow. We need to give it another two months for the swelling to continue going down before any further decisions can be made on trimming down the flap. We'll be back in March for our next follow up.

There's also a dip in his jaw between where the "new jaw" meets the old. Without teeth, his lip caves in and is also making his speech a bit more difficult. He's reached a plateau with the speech therapist right now. In February we will see a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist. This will be a consultation to see if he can withstand an implant in this area. The prognosis will be reviewed in March with Dr. Dyalram during his follow up.

On February 15, he will have his six month check up with his ENT, Dr. Meeks. He scopes Paul and would be the first to know should the cancer show signs of returning. Dr. Meeks has also done these flap surgical procedures years ago. He and Paul talked over his surgery back in September. We're anxious to see what he says about Paul's recovery. 

Unless something unforeseen happens, I'll be back with an update after the March 25th appointment.  

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