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Kelly

Kelly
Bio: 9-14-11. Husband diagnosed with B cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, secondary site. (UPDATE: 9-30-11 Doc says it's not actually lymphoma. He believes it's squamous cell cancer that metastasized from the skin cancer on hubby's ear a few years ago. …more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Cutaneous squamous cell cancer on ear, metastasized to lymph nodes.
Cancer Symptoms: Husband had NO symptoms until a swollen lymph node in his neck.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Removal of one lymph node in upper neck for biopsy, 9-8-11. Then tonsillectomy, modified neck dissection (one side) and parotidectomy (one side).

James

James
Bio: My name is James. I have a wonderful wife named Jenny and three children: Jonah, age 4. Jamie, age 12. Justin, age 21. It would appear that I have Tonsil Cancer. I have not yet begun treatment.
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 2
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: One swollen, painless tonsil - diagnosed as strep throat. Did not respond to strep treatment. Had dentist look at it, he said "it looks a little swollen"... that did not satisfy me, I called an ent and made an appointment.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: None
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 3 five hour Cisplatin sessions, every three weeks, starting Monday, November 7th 2011

Chris B

Chris B
Bio: I'm a 53 year old husband and father of 2 great sons.
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: Lump in neck, slight sore throat
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Robotic tonsil and tumer removal and Neck disection to remove lymph nodes
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 3 treatments. Cisplatin at first but had terrible digestive side effects so used erbitux for last 2 treatments

Kevin

Kevin
Bio: I'm Kevin, diagnosed October 30, 2012 with Tonsil Cancer. (Didn't even know there was such a thing.) After finding this site I don't feel so alone. Healing now from Tonsillectomy surgery on Novemder 14th (wow do things happen fast.) Soon…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HPV)
Cancer Symptoms: Swelling on right side of neck (Lymph nodes) swollen right tonsil. Went through antibiotics twice in 1 month. with no positive results. Sent to see E.N.T. Catscan next day DR. looks over scan and says your going in for surgery.…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1. Tonsillectomy, November 14, 2012. The pain in my throat, ear pain, headaches and alittle depression. 2. Port A Cath Surgery December 28th. 3. Peg Feeding Tube Surgery Feburary 14, 2013
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Chemotherapy (Cisplatin) Treatments January 14th through March 4th 2013

Mike Rada

Mike Rada
Bio: Male 52 year old Clinical Research Associate. Pack a day 30 year smoker. Started with a innocuious lump on my left neck below jaw line. Self medicated with a Z-Pak that did nothing and went to urgent care…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Poorly Differientated Basiloid Squamos Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Lump on left neck didn't change in size or color or pain level even after antibiotics
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Tonsillectomy (3rd set which I didn't know we had these are below your adenoids and normal tonsils you cant see)which for an adult is a horrible experience however bad they tell you it is multiply it by 5, plus a…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 1st one today 26-April-2010 Slight nausea, headache and heart burn so far so good 2 more to go 3 weeks apart. 2nd was uneventful opted for the 3rd one while throwing up in the sink in the corner of…more

Bruce

Bruce
Bio: 50 yr old, Recently separated dad with a daughter in college
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Tonsil
Cancer Symptoms: Earache, headache, small (pea sized) lump on throat just left of Adam's apple
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgical Biopsy 8/15/13
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Begin weekly Erbitux 9/10/13, Cisplatin/5FU 5/14

Brian

Brian
Bio: I am 51 years old and I have been in the safety business for about 25 years. I currently work with a large Colorado County government in the Risk Management Department as the Safety and Workers Compensation Administrator. …more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: HPV related squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: I thought I had a cold and a minor soar throat. Went into my doctor who thought I had tonsillitis and gave me two weeks of antibiotics. I took them and they didn't help. He referred me…more
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Surgery was done December 27th. Removal of right tonsil and neck dissection removed 34 lymph nodes which 3 were were positive. There are some slight issues with my shoulder and arm not having full range of motion but this…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Begin Erbitux treatments February 13 2012 and finished on May 2nd.

Dave

Dave
Bio: 50 year old married father of two children. Went to primary physician Z-pack and cough suppressant. Then ENT who contacted oncology docters. Had chest x-ray, CT scan, and biopsy that day and next day 8am at oncologist was…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous cell carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Sore Throat, Ear pain, swollen throat left side
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 3 Chemo treatments 2 weeks apart

Sandyjo

Sandyjo
Bio: Updated 1/10/15 - It has been 4 years of being cancer free!!! Last radiation was end of May 2010 and Surgery to remove remaining cancer was mid December 2010! Still have the side effects including lack of saliva Missing…more
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 4
Cancer Symptoms: sore throat & I thought I had a swollen gland - cancer was right tonsil, lymph nodes and back of tongue
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Removed remaining tonsil with cancer cells, a spot on my tongue, lymph nodes and one saliva gland - December 15, 2010. I could nto get my mouth open far so they had to cut through jaw & neck. …more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: Cetuximab - Brand name: Erbitux - April 1, 2010 - so far just really really tired. I was told later a rash and other stuff could happen. ( 5/1/10 - rash did…more

Dan

Dan
Bio: 46 years old. Married, father of 3 little ones. So far, needle biopsy, tonsillectomy. Wisdom teeth extraction. Currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation (6 week treatment).
Cancer Type: Tonsil Cancer
Stage of Cancer: Stage 3
Medical Term for the Type of Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer Symptoms: Swollen Lymph node.
Surgery Description, Dates & Side Effects: Tonsillectomy 12/30/13 - Took me about 10 days to turn the corner on recovery. About 50% of the time, there is a click and some side of throat spasm/movement when i swallow. Feeding tube (PEG) 2/26/14? - Painful abdominal and…more
Chemotherapy Description, Dates & Side Effects: 2/3/14 - 3/10/14 : 6 weekly Cisplatin doses @ 30mg/m^2 Side Effects - Ringing in ears (went from minor to moderate). Constipation. General "bad" feeling...like having a cold without the symptoms. Overall I think I did ok with the chemo…more

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