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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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Such encouraging news, Margie! Indeed the role of spouse and caregiver to someone with cancer carries its own emotional burden. Should you ever feel the need to share amongst caregivers, please join this group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/caregivers/

I will certainly tag you in conversations related to HPV 16-Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), like these two for example:
- Diagnosis and discussions: HPV 16 Squamous Cell Carcinoma https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/diagnosis-and-discussions/
- squamous cell in throat https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/squamous-cell-in-throat/