Squamous cell throat cancer
Im a 66 YO male and I've recently been diagnosed with "Moderate squamous dysplasia with superficially-invasive squamous cell carcinoma" in my throat. Its p16 HPV. What's the difference between "moderate squamous dysplasia" and "superficially-invasive squamous cell carcinoma"?
I know that "Moderate" means its in the middle of the spectrum and superficial means on the surface. I take both of these terms as being a positive wrt my cancer. Am I right? My ENT says surgery is too risky due to the tumors relationship to my larynx. My oncologist is recommending 3-4 rounds of chemo (5-FU and Carboplatin) and 25 rounds of radiation.
I've been through chemo 2 years ago with NHL so I sort of know what to expect. But, radiation scares me. My brother in law went through radiation with lung cancer and the side effects ended up killing him. I'm also claustrophobic and prone to panic attacks in tight spaces so putting my head in a cradle or vice for radiation is NOT going to happen. And I don't want to have to live on sedatives for 5 weeks to get through it.
Has anyone ever gone through (successful) treatment for this throat cancer without radiation? I don't understand the aggressive nature of the treatment for "moderate" and "superficial" diagnosis.