33 yr olf woth scc found a lump in my neck this morning :-(

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33 yr olf woth scc found a lump in my neck this morning :-(

Hi, I am super stressed-as above title mentioned, i have a hard lump in the (L) side of my neck-the same side of the head as my SCC. Thankfully I have made an urgent appt with my Radiation oncologist today after my 1st radiation treatment today. Thanks again to the cancer helpline in WA for guiding me in what i should do next-when my brain go 'stressed and scatty'
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33 yr olf woth scc found a lump in my neck this morning :-(

Hi Rarbie, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, nothing I can say at the moment will help but regardless of the outcome, it can be beaten. My hart is hurting for you but my wishes are nothing but possitive thoughts for your wellbeing. Gaffo  
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Thanks Gaffo, My new oncologiust fast tracked my FNA of lymph nodes and MRI yesterday, here in Perth-I get the results on Tuesday. (only 3 sleeps) The PET will take 2 weeks as only one machine in Perth. I do have a great partner who is so kind (but I think he is also very stressed about the possible prognosis as well) I am getting great support from the cancer helpline nurses, coz they understand my fears and stress about waiting for results and advocating for the new oncologist I saw yesterday. He is better and less arrogant (thank goodness) I am trying to live in the moment as much as I can. It is great being able to post my fears here and I hope that by Tuesday I know alittle more about what is next for me. Thanks a lot guys 🐵
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Hi Rarbie, I was thinking of you yesterday, hoping your results were all ok. Regards Gaffo
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33 yr olf woth scc found a lump in my neck this morning :-(

Hi Gaffo Unfortunately the news yesterday was pretty crappy. the SCC has metatasised into my lymph nodes so now I am a 'head and neck' cancer person now!! Next monday I see the head and neck team who will swiftly send me off for a parotidectomy and neck dissection of my lymph nodes with radiotherapy to follow. It is a scary time, thanks for your support-please don't worry about yours metatasising: I am a very rare case and my scc is acting more like  a melanoma than a scc the dr's said. I am no textbook case at all. From now on I wil post in the head and neck room-as I don't want to scare any skin cancer patients. Thanks for your support and please cross your fingers for me/pray/send poisitive vibes/meditate or whatever that I am going to beat this sucker of a cancer for good. 🐵
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33 yr olf woth scc found a lump in my neck this morning :-(

Oh Rarbie, I'm so sorry but this can be beaten! I'm not worried about my own situation, I've gone from three monthly to six monthly and now I only need to go for a check up every 12 months. I'm also about to use a cream (in the new year)on my face which they've had great success with preventing sun spots turning into SCC & BCC. Your situation is rare but not unheard of. I Know of a guy who had MOS surgery the same day as me and they stoped because they couldn't get clear cells and they discovered the same prognosis as yourself. They were also concerned initially that mine had moved to my left eye so they took a peice of my tear duct which luckly come back clear. You can of coarse post in any area you choose but don't be concered about scaring other skin cancer patients, people need and want to know what they may have to face. I know you got something out of knowing I had SCC and although it has progressed further with you, your still not the only one to have faced this. I don't know if you've checked my home page but I've unfortunately been touched personally by cancer on several fronts and have been able to provide advice to many people and hopefully it has made a difference to their situation. Please stay in touch and there is help out their for your partner as he will be doing it tuff as well. My possitive thought are with you and the success rate is still very high for those in your situation. Warm Regards Gaffo.         
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Thanks guys, It has been a crazy week-radiotherapy has been stopped and i have had a CT scan which shows suspicious lymph nodes. I now need a fine needle aspiration, MRI and  PET scan. There is a wait time here of ~ 2weeks to have the tests done in Perth (even in the private system) I am seeing my new oncologist today ( I stopped seeing my first one on Monday when he told me the lump I had found was my carotid artery or hyoid bone: and didn't validate my concern at all) I saw my surgeon on Tues and he agreed that there was the lump and has arranged for all these above tests. i meet my new oncologist today and hope he can speeed up the tests being done-I can't handle waiting for results while the tumour could be metastising down my lymphatic or my facial nerve. ARGH!!!! I didn't go to work for the past 3 days and will try to go next week ( apart from the test appointments) I am reading a book called 'coping well' by Battino which is helpful-but I am feeling overwhelmed-scared and upset that there are so many unknowns about my treatment and prognosis. Please cross your fingers for me that the tests can be done more quickly and that my new oncologist who is a head and neck specilaist is kind and not as arrogant as my previous oncologist who talked down to me on monday when I first found the lump. :o/ I am thinking of flying interstate to get the tests done more quickly so that the ball can get rolling again for treatment-Are there similar wait times in Sydney?
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33 yr olf woth scc found a lump in my neck this morning :-(

Hi Rarbie, I would be surprised if you could get the tests done any quicker in Sydney, especially this time of year. You could badger your GP to get on the phone with your oncologist, they can sometimes get things moving or enquire about interstate options but I think you would be better off staying put. It would be better to be under one team for the duration of your treatment, barring incompetence of coarse. Well done for sticking to your guns with your previous oncologist, nobody knows your body like yourself so always challenge any situation and ask all questions that pop into your mind. Keep a diary and write things down so you can ask them later, you often forget important questions in the heat of the moment. I truly understand just how scared you feel and not knowing is the hardest. Do you have close family and friends you can cling to? Don't be afraid to let them in and help you. tell them how you feel, cry all over them, they wont mind. I'm thinking of you and am here to chat whenever you need. Warm regards Gaffo.     
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33 yr olf woth scc found a lump in my neck this morning :-(

That's no good at all. Let us know what your oncologist has to say.
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33 yr olf woth scc found a lump in my neck this morning :-(

Thank alot Mikey, Thanks for this forum-it has helped me alot. See ya in the head and neck room-I will probably be the first person to post there as well!!! 🙂
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