I have been diagnosed with Minor Salivary Gland Squamous Cell Cancer. I have a good Dr. but I didn't ask questions (in a little shock) and I need more info. They mentioned the need to operate quickly, that I would probably need skin grafts and part of my tounge would have to be removed. Again I don't need a 2nd opinion just some answers, before I loose my mind searching the internet. Thank you.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and am ready to help.
I am a cancer doctor
I am so sorry for your diagnosis
I think you should get a second opinion.
you can get radiation therapy and chemotherapy for your minor salivary gland squamous cell carcinoma and have less surgical deficits to face with long term like loss of part of your tongue.
even with such an aggressive surgery that you are planning, you could still require radiation therapy following surgery
my advise is to get a second opinion from a radiation oncology doctor now before your surgery and even see a medical oncologist chemotherapy doctor as well to see all the types of doctors you could be needing.
I thought I had spoken with a radiation doctor. I spoke with a number of people while I was at Mayo. How do I find these other Dr.s you're recommending?
I still don't knbow exactly what it is.
Why would these DRs be so aggressive? They're not getting rich from it I'm on medicare with no assests but my diability chech
surgeons and trained to be surgically aggressive, it is what they do. the joke is that if you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
if you are a surgeon, you think about surgery for all of your patients.
Again, how do I find these other drs
which mayo did you go to? rochester, MN? Arizona? Jacksonville, FL Mayo?
you should consult with Dr. Foote at Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
he specializes in head and neck cancers and is very famous and well known in the field.
do you live up in the area?
yes I do
I'll look into contacting him. Thank you
That's all I need for now Dr. Thank you for your time