The battle begins…

Over the last few days, I have been diagnosed with an increasingly-common form of neck cancer, a type of squamous cell carcinoma that was likely triggered by exposure to HPV at some point in my life. There are still many more questions than answers, but the specialists that I’ve seen (at Georgetown University Hospital) are in agreement on the diagnosis and course of treatment. Starting in about 2 weeks, I will begin an 8-week radiation and chemo treatment that will hopefully knock this thing back and eventually clear it from my system. The primary tumor is at the left base of my tongue, deep in my throat. We believe that this primary tumor metastasized into a group of lymph nodes along the left side of my neck, creating a visible lump. It was this lump, which appeared in the November timeframe, that caused me to start inquiring as to what was going on.

This Wikipedia link is good in the sense that it describes almost exactly what I have:

So I have a few tough months ahead, but the expected success rates is good (in the 80% range) so I’m jumping into the treatment process with both feet and a good attitude.

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2 Responses to The battle begins…

  1. Khris says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, hang in there brother <3

  2. Casey Hartfelder says:

    You’ve got this … I’m sending my prayers.