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Old 10-30-2009, 09:50 AM   #361
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Today is test day, correct? I hope the scan results are given to you very soon.

I am "gathering" every bit of strength and hope that I can conjure up from my best reserves, and sending it in thoughts to you and yours, for a positive outcome.
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:55 PM   #362
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Ratface, I am so sorry for your loss.

And, wishing you the very best outcome from your test results.
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Hi everyone

My CT scans from friday I think were very positive, meaning positive good feeling! My primary tumor at the base of the tongue is completely gone. Not showing up on scans. Doc also scoped it in the office and inside of mouth looks normal. They do it on a TV monitor right in front of you. I couldn't see it but DW said it looked good.

The two lymph nodes still show a little activity but these could be false positives. These scans are not normally done until 3 months post treatment to give the radiation time to subside and avoid false positives. However the optimal time for surgery is at about 6 -8 weeks post treatment so there is a tradeoff here. I still feel the radiation working and cooking. ENT has decided to go forward with the neck disection as soon as we can schedule it. She said she has several patients with active cancer which need to go first and then will schedule me. With Thanksgiving week in here this might get tricky. There are at least a dozen variations of neck disections ranging on severity of associated side effects and long term mobility issues. Mine will be a selective disection vs. a radical disection. My jugler and several major nerves will be preserved. This is good news since one of these nerves sometimes prevents the arm from being lifted above the head.

I also had a lung spot show up on my previous scan which is still there but has not changed size. Since cancer grows this is great news. Most of the population has spots which are not discovered until a chest xray is done for something else unrelated.

I also underwent a swallowing test. This test is graded from 1-7 with 1 being the best score. They start you off with milk of Mag. and then increase volumn and look at stuff going down with xrays. They then go to higher volumns and pudding and finally crackers. I scored in the 1 category. My throat isn't damaged too much by the radiation and scarring seems to be minimal.

Looking forward to the surgery and furthering the demise of the beast! I've requested the mark of Zoro "Z" which I think will be very manly for my scar pattern. Everyone have a great Sunday and keep those positive thoughts comming.
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OUTSTANDING!!!

You have to be feeling a huge weight is lifted from your heart. Very very glad to hear your news - don't let that surgeon get too fancy - a good throat scar should add bunches to your street cred!
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:26 AM   #365
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Yahhhhhhhhh Flippin' Hoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!


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Old 11-01-2009, 10:26 AM   #366
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So glad to hear your good news! And, I hope to hear more after the neck dissection.

Oh, and I meant to ask, did you want me to change the thread title to something like, "Diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma"? I would be happy to do that. Or, we could leave it as is if it doesn't matter to you that much.
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It really is a misleading thread and you have to read the whole thing otherwise you think I have Lymphoma which may or may not been better?
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:27 AM   #367
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What wonderful news! More good health prayers/thoughts/vibes coming your way.
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:28 AM   #368
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Great news. The very best of wishes from here in Louisiana's capital.
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very happy to hear!

Saw my uncle (he's just a couple years older than me) who went through the very same stuff a few years back and he is now totally back in the game...married his long time girlfriend a few weeks back
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Congratulations Ratface!
One small pretty big step for Ratface......one giant leap sigh of relief for the Forum!
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Wow such happy news! Good for you Ratface!
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Splendid news, Ratface!
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Glad to hear the great news!
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Great news indeed! I am so happy for you.
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Ratface,

Oh, I just tuned in before dinner and got the good news!! It is such a relief to hear that your courageous fight--and your doctors' aggressive treatment--has paid off. My husband can't understand why I would worry about someone I've never met and probably never will, but it seems worry about you has always been somewhere in my mind.

The way you have dealt with the horror would be an inspiration to anyone.

Good that your surgeon is so mindful of sparing the nerves in your neck. I am sure you don't want anything to get in the way of your power-lifting, once your treatment is all finished. Refrigerators, remember!

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Wow thats great. I have been following your situation. Brings a smile to my face! Thank you for letting us in.
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This is such great news, thanks for keeping us posted!
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Great news!

Keep on trucking! :cla p:

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