Hi all. I'm one of those who only appears when I'm worried, I'm sorry about that. I do hope Hagg and all others I spoke with before are doing well.
Briefly - T4 tonsil cancer diagnosed 2009, spread to tongue, removed, neck dissection, tongue flap. Primary cancer seems fine. Small nodules in right lung diagnosed in 2012, snippet of lung removed. More the following year, they hadn't managed to get it all, so had about half the lung removed. They didn't scrub the lymph nodes, feeling it was better to leave them as a defence layer. That was 18 months ago.
My follow up scan now shows an enlarged lymph node at about the same level as the nodules in the lung were, so in the lymphs around the oesophagus. I have an exploratory op on the 8th Jan - amazing what they can do, send a mini scanner down to scan around from within the oesophagus. They'll do a biopsy at the same time.
Initial suggestion is radiotherapy and 'It's treatable'.
I'm not feeling at all reassured, I'm sure you appreciate that. I am afraid that suggesting only radiotherapy implies that it is not actually treatable, merely controllable - i.e. it can be reduced, but there is no longer a real thought of cure (which until now there has been). I would like to know more about it, about the likelihood of successful treatment, likelihood of chemotherapy or other treatments, I don't know. I'd like to know - well, anything, please?
Thank you so much