Tomorrow is my first post-op visit with my radiation oncologist. This meeting, I am pretty certain, is to begin planning my treatment plan going forward. My research on the subject tells me that after this visit I will probably get another CT scan and maybe another MRI. This will be done to fine-tune the radiation targeting process. I can expect radiation treatments to start in the next 3-4 weeks.
Since my primary tumor was found and removed (my left tonsil) we know the areas pretty well where I will be targeted. My neck will be “marked” in a number of places with ink that will stay on despite showers and other attempts to remove it. These marks will be the guides for the radiation treatments.
Once all that is done, I will probably have 4-6 treatments a week for 4-6 weeks. There is a possibility I will need chemotherapy as well. Quick internet research has shown me that squamous cell carcinoma responds well to chemo – meaning that in most cases it is very effective.
Anyway, wish me luck. I’ll post any new and exciting details as I learn them.