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Old 07-10-2009, 03:23 PM   #41
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Good luck and hopefully your next post on this subject will be to tell us everything is ok.
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That is quite complex for a non-medical person to read/understand, but it sounds like you are getting much better news than you were fearing. I hope you can relax a little now (I imagine you have not been able to put the worst-case-scenario out of your mind since your initial visit). Also sounds like a good thing to snip that sucker out of there. Keep us posted!
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:12 PM   #43
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Yes, it does sound encouraging and good luck on Monday. Tom Jones! I used to love him. And Englebert Humperdinck, too. Hope you and the DW got to relax a little on a much-needed night out together.
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It's serious and you must have it looked after. However, my sister had lymphoma about 20 years ago. It took about 2 years for her to get through it, and she still has regular checks to make sure it's in remission, but otherwise it hasn't impacted her life at all since. And I am sure treatment has advanced considerably in 20 years, best of luck.
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:09 PM   #45
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We have a saying that goes something like God squeezes but doesn´t strangle. Hang in and be patient. You´ll overcome whatever comes your way. Best wishes.
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Updating on the surgery and biopsy. Not very good news I'm afraid. Surgery was yesterday on the node. Doctor said it was about the size of an egg. Never new it was there. Now the good news bad news, I don't have lymphoma. I have squamous cell carcinoma. This means that the lymph node is not the primary site. Fear here (on my part) is that it is in the lungs. Pet scan scheduled for Thursday. Oncologist scheduled for Friday.
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Tough knock, Ratface. Be of good heart, many good things can happen. I will pray for you.

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Sorry to hear about the malignancy.

That kind of tumor often arises from the tissues of the head and neck, the lungs, esophagus, and even skin. Sometimes the primary site is never identified, though you have treatment options in any case.

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Hang in there sugah. Knowledge is power; try not to worry too much until you know exactly what is going on. From there, do what you have to do to get well. Please keep us updated....
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Ratface, sorry to hear of your diagnosis. Hang in there, keep the faith and please keep us posted on your progress at beating this thing.
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Sorry to read the "bad news" part of your post--keep your chin up and trust your doctors. Once they know what they're dealing with, they will attack it with everything that works--modern medicine is incredible.

Will be sending good thoughts and prayers your way.
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Sorry for your bad luck. That gets my attention for sure. I had a squamous cell removed from the skin of my left temple early this year. I'm certainly keeping an eye on it.

Hang in there and trust your doctors. They have great med's now days.
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Sorry about your news but hopefully your treatment will be successful.
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Sorry to hear this news Ratface. We're all rootin' for ya, so keep the spirits up, eh?
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I, like most, ´don´t know you personally. But be sure that we all admire your courage. You´ll come through this because you deserve it. I would have given up already. Hang in. You are a true example for many of us.
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Ratface:
Someone said that "hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn´t permanent". Carry on like the real trooper you are
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:13 PM   #58
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"hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn´t permanent".
Vicente I could not have expressed it better. The only peace I get is when I drift off to sleep. I've lost seven pounds in the the last week. I'm overweight a bit but this isn't what I had in mind for a diet plan. Today was the PET scan. Not a really bad experience, I'll detail some of it in case someone else has to go through one. No food five-six hours before the scan. Water is encouraged to the point of it overflowing out of your ears. The idea is to make the cancer hungry. They inject radioactive sugar into your system. Cancer cells have a very good appetite. Cancer will gourge itself on the rich sugar and the radioactive component can then be imaged. I am totally terrifed of what is on those images. I imagine cancer throughout my entire body. The images are done and sitting there until tomorrow morning when I meet with the oncologist. Any suggestions on pertinent questions to ask will be appreciated. The PET machine is a hollow tube much like an MRI. There is no pounding of sound like an MRI. They play relaxing music and the machine slides back and forth sometimes. I closed my eyes upon entering so as not to feel claustrophobic. All was fine until the tech wanted to adjust my head during the procedure which made me look up into the tube. I willed myself to go to another place of peace and was able to overcome the the discomfort. I asked the tech how the test went and he paused and said he had all the images he needed. This gave me great concern as I now feel he knows something he isn't telling. It was stupid to ask. It's just that my MRI was $2500 and this must be more. The furniture in the place far exceeded anything in my house. I am paying for it yet am not entitled to any advance information. It angers me and I know its silly. I came home and opened the bill from my ENT doctor. His consultation fee was $324.00 yet I feel rushed when asking any questions. I know doctors are rushed but my God I just need a more than five minuetes for questions. As you can tell I'm a basket case right now. Tomorrow will be perhaps the worst day of my life, I'm ready to fight but have no direction as of yet.
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I don't know if this will help you somehow but when I was going thru my medical horror story I would tell myself that there were little children who had not yet lived there lives that were going thru the same thing I was. I told myself that I had not spent a day of my life unloved or uncared for, cold or hungry. It was only when I realized how blessed my life had been that I was able to gain courage for what was ahead. I also asked everybody I knew to pray for me. I even left post it notes in bathroom stalls asking for prayer. Ratface, leave no stone unturned. We all care about you and are pulling for you.
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I'll be thinking of you tonight, RF. Keep your chin up. Will someone else go with you tomorrow to take notes and ask questions too?

Don't read too much into the tech not giving you any information--I don't think they are supposed to tell you anything good or bad, aggravating as that is.

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