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@colleenyoung

Hi @pigpen50 and @margieinia, I see that this discussion encouraged each of you to make your first post on Connect. Your experiences with your husbands' cancer of the base of the tongue will be helpful to members of the Head & Neck Cancer group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/head-neck-cancer/). In fact, I'd like to invite you to take part in these discussions:

* Adenoid cystic carcinoma – left tongue base https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-left-tongue-base/
* Life after head and neck cancer treatment https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/life-after-head-and-neck-cancer-treatment/
* Depression and anxiety, and Head & Neck Cancer https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/depression-and-anxiety-1/

@margieinia, I was thinking about you. I believe your husband had a followup appointment this week.

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Thank you for asking. This afternoon my husband is now in remission! The doctors will follow him closely the next 5 years and if the cancer does not return then he will be cancer free. It was very interesting to hear that the reason they follow him so closely for 5 years is because this type of cancer is the type that if it returns, it will be during this time period. Has a spouse, many people do not realize the emotions and strength that is endured to not only take care of the patient but also having family obligations as well. Many nights I would cry myself to sleep or toss and turn wondering what the outcome would be and being powerless to do anything. So, even though I'm not a patient, I can answer many questions regarding his HPV 16-Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) with his treatment plans and such.

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