My father has been recognized with cT4bn1/2 jaw bone cancer. We went for three opinions. The first really useful palliative chemo and radiation. The next really useful chemo and surgical process if doable, in another case proceed with RT/CT. The third talked about every approaches wanted to stabilise essentially the most cancers and by no means remedy it. By the purpose we could resolve extra, we wanted to hurry him to the neraby most cancers hospital when his jaw and tongue started showing wierd one morning.
My father wishes to stay away from surgical process and reconstruction considering his age and nicely being and so we went in hoping for a radiation treatment nonetheless the radiologist there talked about that his mandible was too fragile for radiation and that we might in its place gice two chemos to see how the tumour reacts after which resolve if a surgical process is possible. They’re saying surgical process is the only option.
Is there anyone with comparable situations and is surgical process really the bext reply? Dad is already feeling the ache from the first chemo. He is 65 years outdated. Would he able to take all that chemo and radiation later? And what if surgical process isn’t doable the least bit? That will likely be a problem correct, sustaining the cancer-bone ceaselessly?
I’m helpless on the lookout for options and strategies to provide him top-of-the-line. I am questioning if completely different treatments are any good for him in its place?
Is his most cancers squamous cell carcinoma? That’s the one that the majority of us are accustomed to proper right here.
I am virtually 66 and currently cured of head and neck most cancers, and in good nicely being. Radiation may very well be very debilitating, and it moreover damages the blood present to the mandible, so I can understand why his radiology oncologist recommends in the direction of it. Whether or not it’s SCC like most of us proper right here have chemo should not be worthwhile alone, so that leaves surgical process.
Chemo for this most cancers may very well be unhealthy, nonetheless radiation is worse. I’m undecided about surgical process; typically it is not so unhealthy, nonetheless his looks as if it could be further in depth. If it had been me, I’d seemingly go for it, nonetheless there are an entire lot of elements to ponder.
Inside the meantime, I’m undecided what kind of ache chemo may want triggered, nonetheless he desires that alleviated if doable. For one issue, it’s virtually inconceivable to make a clear-headed selection when it’s clouded by ache.
Higher of luck to you every.
It is squameous cell carcinoma that has invaded the mandible inflicting jawbone most cancers. As an exchange, the medical docs really useful chemo first to see if surgical process may be doable. So he’s had two rounds of chemo and is doing okay, except for the identical previous unintended results of fatigue and lack of apetite. I fear the unintended results of radiation though, esp with reference to the top and neck cancers.. Is your sense of fashion once more now? Do you proceed to face among the many principal unintended results your treatment has left you with?
each case is unique. That is the rationale they have no idea. Has essentially the most cancers spead wherever else? The chemo is to get one thing starting up another place.
I’m undecided if that’s what you want to hear, nonetheless at 59 after I confronted this selection, I knowledgeable my dr I was not afraid to die. Coping with that as a posiblity helped me to make intelligent choices in my case. I was moreover very honest and anxious my children in that course of, and permit them to provide me enter. I chosen to go through with treatment realizing practically all of the potential unintended results. My radologist knowledgeable me the worst issue to do is to begin treatment then quit. I’m so glad that I was able to gather all this information and make educated choices. I’ve recognized many who’ve fought for a couple of years, who in the long term have knowledgeable me that they’d wished they’d in no way began treatment.
to me, 65 should not be outdated, I assume age has turn into relative to my very personal age. Additional to the aim is is his nicely being and psychological functionality as a lot as the issue of going through irrespective of treatment he should go through. For me, my children had been an unimaginable help for me, nonetheless I lastly was the one going through it. I’m glad that my children understood and supported irrespective of selection I made. Then, they supported me druing treatment and the prolonged freeway to restoration that adopted.
One issue and an vital issue I knowledgeable them they may give me was to maintain humor. lol they often did. I really feel that moreover freed them to talk with me about moreover what that they had been going through, which has its private desires. Collectively we made it through and I’m very close to 2 years out and NED (no proof of sickness) it takes a crew to make it through.
One completely different bear in mind is I knew that the burden on my caregivers may be good, so I divied out the duties so it was not too overwhelming for any one amongst them. No ONE particular person should be anticipated to be 100 % help. My coronary coronary heart goes out to spouses placed on this place. Oh yeah, one different issue, the affected individual desires to have the power to let go of some administration and quit to the treatment and caregivers. this one was an infinite course of for me, nonetheless I did and I really feel we’re all greater ppl for it. 2 of my sons have knowledgeable me it was powerful to see their sturdy mom be humbled on this methodology.
I need you top-of-the-line in your jouney, and can most likely be praying for you. Lord be with you.
by Sdurnell on Sat Jan 07, 2017 07:27 AM
If he has a variety, I’d assume that surgical process may be the first. Many individuals do have good luck with chemo shrinking their tumors and making surgical process an chance.
Radiation is troublesome on bones, and notably jawbones. That’s almost definitely why they’re sustaining it as a remaining chance.
At 6 years out my sense of fashion is okay now. It was OK at a 12 months out and totally improbable at two. I’ve respectable saliva, which has improved little by little over time.
I nonetheless have consuming challenges nonetheless principally attributable to unusual complications-I had all my enamel pulled and should’t have implants to anchor my dentures. And my throat grew to grow to be constricted so I would really like a lot of throat dilations yearly. And even then I’ve to be careful to take very small bites, as a result of the GI doctor can’t get it open to full dimension. Nevertheless as I say, neither of these is a typical side impression. And nothing retains me from doing any of the problems I want to do.
Higher of luck to you and your dad. Thanks for occurring this journey with him-it may be methodology too lonely and difficult alone.
@Ivans human: Dad is 65yrs outdated. He did not/does not have Tardive Dyskinesia. He did’nt even have peculiar indicators, the reality is he was pretty common which is why we in no way thought it was most cancers. Nevertheless throughout the meantime, it had already eaten half of his jawbone.
His mouth ulcers inside weren’t too huge each. Its solely when he started having downside in chewing, there was very important irritation on the floor and the jaw would not open massive ample even for a nut. He did have neck ache within the route of the tip of the months sooner than we started the chemo, on account of it had practically started on two of his lymphs.
We would have liked to provide him two chemos to see how loads the tumour might probably be managed and shrank to see if operation may be doable. Nonetheless, regardless that his CT scans remaining week confirmed very important enchancment, there have been some components that had been previous the surgeon’s margins they usually’d not take the possibility. his TMJ is displaced though. Perhaps that was one function too.
Along with, surgical process in no way gurantees one thing anyway. So we now have now been instructed 7 weeks of radiation along with small doses of chemo as his mode of treatment.
Looking at him now, you wouldn’t even know he has most cancers. The jaw open practically near to common and he is able to chew and swallow pretty a bit. He has misplaced weight though. Pretty common, nonetheless the radiation I do know goes to be sturdy on him. I’m merely hoping he’ll fight by the use of these prolonged weeks and survive…