Hi, I have just been diagnosed with cancer after the removal of a large lump in my lymph node. The Primary cancer is 1cm from tonsil or so they think after a PET scan.
Im just wondering why they don't offer you to have your tonsils removed? After I've been reading about the risk associated with radiation therapy. I would have thought having them removed would be a better option. Thanks,
Hi @Lizzy123 and welcome to the community!
Sorry to hear of your diagnosis, I hope you have been well otherwise?
Has anyone out there had experience with cancer in or around your tonsil region and can assist Lizzy with her concerns?
I had base of the tongue cancer T4 N2 M0. I had chemo and radiotherapy which was combined with monoclonal therapy and am still around 8 years later. Yes, I do live with many side effects but on the upside I am still upright every day!
Find out what your options are and then maske a choice. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Thanks for your response.
I ended up up getting my tonsils out, I am now doing a course of radiation therapy as a precaution starting tomorrow.
I’m glad your healthy and got through it 8 years on.
Lizzy, had your cancer spread? I noticed a lump in neck first, so after a heap of scans, a biopsy and PET the theory is tonsil cancer primary and neck mass (lymph node) secondary. Looking at robotic surgery to remove both tumours with a margin. If successful, potentially no or limited radiation/chemo.
I have no idea, I never had any symptoms that were noticeable prior to the cancer diagnosis. I only found out that the cancer was in my tonsils after a PET scan when a secondary cancer was found in a lump on my neck. Sorry if this is of no use
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