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Tongue Cancer,” A Killer Thriving In My Mouth”
I can’t sleep.
My mind strays with the things that are to come.
I was diagnosed a couple weeks ago with stage 3 tongue cancer. The width of my tongue cancer is sizing 2, as much as is oral cancer starts it is pretty small.
They are calling it a place 3 because it has spread into one lymph gland so far. I had that gland removed and that’s when they found the carcinoma.
Mouth cancer, oral cancer, esophageal cancer and thyroid cancer are all assassins if left unchecked for to long. Due to the orientation they are extremely hard to operate on and the
tissue they are growing in is very delicate.( oh yea, and very necessary !)
What’s in store for me now is very difficult for me to comprehend.
I will be getting 7 weeks of radiation therapy Monday-Friday, each morning.
I will get chemotherapy formerly a week but it will be in such a low dosage that I will not loose my hair.
Do to the location of my tongue cancer which is at the base of the tongue( can not be seen without bent mirrors or a remit) radioactivity is no other course of action.
Tongue cancer is a awfully invasive cancer. It destroys the muscle and tissue. It doesn’t only grow on top of the material it devours the tissue. It is called squamous cell carcinoma.
Here is a interpretation of squamous cell from http :// www.medterms.com;
Definition of Squamous cells
Squamous cells: Flat cells that look like fish proportions. The oath “squamous” came from the Latin squama propose” the scale of a fish or serpent .”
We have a lot of squamous cadres. They make up most of the cells in the outer layer of the bark( the epidermis ), the passageways of the respiratory and digestive plots, and the liners of the hollow organs of their own bodies. We are more fish- like( or serpent-like) than we may think.( terminate)
Because of its invasive quality tongue cancer spends important muscle mass at the back of the tongue. Through radiation therapy this is gonna be killing the tissue that is infected with the carcinoma, thus killing half of the muscles on the back of my tongue.
The doctors tell me that after 6-8 months I should be able to swallow unusually soft foods and liquid.
But as for devouring until then, in a few daylights from now I am getting a feeding tube inserted into my stomach. I will be feeing adult formula through a tube for the next 6 months.
The radiation will be killing my thyroid gland, I will have to take medicine every day for it for the rest of my life.
The radiation exposure while killing the bad tissues will too be killing a lot of good tissues.
The process will be similar to a second degree sunburn every morning 5 days a week for 7 weeks.
My cancer physicians tell me that I will release all the skin on the outside of my cervix where the radioactivity beams are center often like a sunlight feeling that will blister up every day with each new treatment.
Therefore generating a large fresh meat neighbourhood on my cervix that I will have to keep a heavy bed of medication on.
At some spot in the next pair weeks I will be going a subcutaneous embed for a morphine drip.
The tissues inside the throat area and back of the tongue is likely to be raw equal to many sunshine incenses as well.
They said some people have to have a tracheotomy because their throat tissue swells to the point where they can no longer breather properly.
This all resounds terrible and I am sure that it will be extremely distressing and very close to intolerable.
However the alternative is no medicine which is guaranteed under death within 6-10 months.
So I recall I can take the grief, medical doctors promised they would deter me “snowed” for as long as needed so that I can end this care.( my posts may get slurred !)
As this tongue cancer process develops I shall be posting almost daily with my progress, foresees, thinks and medical evaluations.
I am not doing this blog for your pity.
I am substantiating this terrible excursion so that maybe some of the books will come to this understanding……I inhaled cigarettes for 25 times, I chewed a little tobacco, I suck my fair share of booze, all of these are directly related to cavity cancer, tongue cancer, oral cancer,
esophageal cancer and thyroid cancer.
Maybe, merely maybe, a few people will read and follow together with me on this journey and stop smoking, chewing, sucking overly and clean up “peoples lives” so they will not have to
go through this.
The journey embarks ………..