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Thank you so much to all of you who have responded! It really is helpful to hear honest real life experiences of others who have gone throught it.

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My husband was diagnosed with tonsil cancer, same as you, a few lymph nodes in neck also. They didn’t do surgery since it already was in lymph nodes so recommended three chemo sessions and 35 radiations. They told us this was the best treatment for him, it was stage 2. It is hard, and since he is 78 harder. Just finished treatments and trying to heal. Good luck.

Hey John,
I’m coming up on 8 years this fall since my treatments.
I was stage IV with as my oncologist said “way too much cancer for surgery”. So my only option was die or chemo radiation and I chose the treatment option!

Everyone responds differently to treatments and recovery so it’s hard to tell you what to expect.

I can tell you that observation of the many others during treatments surely assured me that the feeding tube and port was the correct decision!

It was nearly a year before I was able to eat solid food and I still struggle today. I need large amounts of water to get my food down and still choke frequently.

My oncology team insisted that I file for disability as we entered into treatment.
This was not easy for me to do as I have worked since a very young age.
I’m so thankful that I did go on disability because my team was right, I’m never going to be the same as I was.

I am a victim of the Camp Lejuene water so I really can’t say that my conditions are from my treatments or from the water as they both can cause similar problems.

I suffer from fatigue, slow reaction, forgetfulness, tinnitus, hearing loss, agitation, insomnia, chronic migraines, loss of balance and a few others.

So whichever way you decide to go I wish you the best and fight the good fight!
May God Bless you.