Friday, March 28, 2014
Thought Iíd bring you up to date on my cancer surgery recovery. For the last three years Iíve had several bouts of skin cancer that included basal, squamous, and melanoma in situ. All were successfully removed. My latest encounter with cancer though was a bit more serious.
It started with a tiny lump behind my right ear that I found back in November while giving myself a buzz haircut. The doctor thought it was just a swollen lymph node and suggested that I keep track of it. By February 4th the lump grew to the size of a nickel.
My Primary Physician immediately sent me down for an MRI of the Parotid Gland area followed by a biopsy of the lump; it came back diagnosed as Metastatic Squamous Carcinoma.
I was then referred to an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor for surgery. He referred me to UCSF Medical Center for a Parotidectomy as the hospital in Carson City was not equipped for what could turn out to be a very complicated procedure. He wanted a team of specialists to remove it.
On March 5th they removed the Parotid gland, Submandibular Gland, and Sublingual Gland along with 36 Lymph nodes and a portion of one of my neck muscles. The good news; the cancer had only migrated to one of the 36 nodes.
Now as it was explained to me; some pesky microscopic cancer cells may still be in the area ready to multiply. To ensure the lurkers are eliminated, radiation and probably chemotherapy is necessary. That starts on April 7th.
More good news Ė Although Iím still recovering from surgery the Doc said I could resume my Strength Training routine. On March 18th I turned 75 and since Iím no longer 25 Iíll be advancing at a slower pace.
The right side of my face is still numb as well as my neck and pectoral region. My workout today consisted only of a light routine with deadlifting 1x5x135 and 1x5x155; 10 reps for 1,450 pounds. It wasnít much but with the tightness in the right quadrant of my chest it was enough to work that area.
Keep on Sparking, Earl