As some of you may know, May 6th, I was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma.   Fortunately for me, it was a VERY small tumor located at the base of the tongue that did spread to a node in my neck (where I first discovered it).  There is currently no pain, except when it was biopsied but that has sense gone away.

We have been to Emory Winship Cancer Center and have an excellent prognosis from them (and my ENT Dr. Conger).   We are looking into a more directed treatment called "Proton Therapy".  In some cases, this type of therapy delivers the same treatment with up to 50% less collateral tissue damage.    This sounds a lot more pleasant to me so we are actively looking into it though the best location to obtain this treatment seems to be At MD Anderson Cancer group in Orlando.   We have folks that we can stay with some of the time if we do go down there for treatment.

Anyway, I will be writing into this blog as this adventure continues.   Hopefully, this will get resolved and we can get back under the water for some Scuba.
 


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Gary Miyakawa
06/10/2016 1:19am

Welp, we are headed to Orlando on Tuesday for consult with MD Anderson Cancer center and their Proton Beam treatment. Hopefully, this will be a treatment with significantly less side effects.

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Gary Miyakawa
06/15/2016 1:30am

Well, that was a bust. As it turns out, Proton radiation is VERY good on things that don't move. The tongue moves... (even when you are asleep) so, we are back to the 7 weeks of radiation and associated Chemo. This is not going to be fun. :( :( :(

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Gary Miyakawa
06/20/2016 6:31pm

Ok, so, round 1... Getting the dental stuff straight.. Since the radiation will be around the jaw/neck, we were informed that all dental work needed to be completed before treatment starts.. So... Today, had to extractions... Tomorrow is the Radiologist at Emory and Wednesday is a root canal...

And so it begins... :(

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Gary Miyakawa
06/22/2016 9:40am

Ok, Saw the Radiologist and we will start treatment in a couple weeks.. Haven't felt well all day from the extractions yesterday. It's Wednesday and I was supposed to have the root canal today but decided to postpone it til Friday.

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