Kevin's Dead Cat

After surgery sliced off an entire tumor and 1/3 of my tongue, plus six weeks of radiation therapy, I've been re-learning how to eat, drink, and talk with my newly re-constructed tongue and coping with side effects. But the cancer came back and I don't know what's going to happen next.

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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Surgery, Part II

Met with the surgeon, Dr. McNicoll, yesterday morning. Learned a lot more about my options and the condition of the tumor.

I may have some reconstructive surgery done because the tumor is (on a scale of 0-4) a large 2/small 3. Not just my tongue, but the floor of my mouth may be affected.

They would take a tissue transfer from my wrist, along with one of my arteries in the area, and transfer it to the area of my tongue that's going to be sliced-off. Because lymph nodes in the surrounding area will be taken out as a precaution, there will be a J-shaped scar running from the back of my left ear to the front of my neck. They will replace the tissue on my wrist with tissue from either the front of my thigh or my ass, which is purely a cosmetic decision.

So let me know if you think I should have a scar on the front of my thigh or my ass, because I couldn't care less.

The surgery will be on Tues. Aug 31st at the Kaiser hospital on Sunset Blvd. I'll be donating 2 pints of blood for the surgery as a precaution. My hospital stay will be between 5-6 days because of the reconstruction. Good news is I scored a prescription for Tylenol 3 and had a really good night's sleep last night.


Blogger Gerry said...

Hi Marla,

Quite a radical surgery planned out for you, particularly having to routinely remove the associated lymph nodes for any expected metastasis.

I hope you got to read my post in the "Surgery" topic. It's only now that I discovered I could send messages to your blog. If not, please take a look at it.

You could start on supportive protocols like the very simple one of Dr. Budwig ( and it will not be incompatible with the surgical approach to plan to take. With one month to go, you might even get enough improvement to re-think the surgery.

Then, there's enjoying nuts and other seeds of fruits, as well as berries, for laetrile and other nutrients that would help against cancer.

If you eat rice regularly, then make it the unpolished variety and you will get a lot of needed nutrients to boost your immune system (tocotrienol, vitamin E, gamma oryzanol, B-complex, proteins, IP-6) as well as fight cancer (laetrile). Whole wheat products (not refined, and not those only "containing" whole wheat) can give similar benfit.

Including mushrooms regularly in your diet can also boost your immune system. Mushrooms have certain monosaccharides (such as trehalose, and probably, mannose) that bind to receptor sites of macrophages and stimulate them to produce cytokines that stimulate the immune system in general. Among these are the interleukins (ILs) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF). These in turn activate (among others) natural killer cells (NK cells) as well as cytotoxic T-cells, both of which are types of lymphocytes that attack cancer cells.

We should all start simply relying on our body to deal with cancer, and this is done by giving it the needed raw materials, as well as stimuli. Cancer is nothing to fear or dread.

Keep your spirits up.

Your cousin,

July 29, 2004 2:01 PM  
Blogger Angel said...

Hey did our cousin just prescribe mushrooms? Silly boy! Sorry couldn't meet you Thursday.
I see what you mean about some of the comments...

July 30, 2004 2:09 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Well luckily, we don't need a prescription for mushrooms. Feds aren't into that, yet. ;)

July 30, 2004 2:50 PM  
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Blogger pamela said...

Hi Laura,
I have squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue and need about 1/3 removed as you had done, no reconstruction is recommended. In addition a neck dissection on the right side with possible radiation post-op. I want to know what to expect post-op and if you recommend Dr. McNicoll, I have consulted with him. I have seen another doctor at UCLA and they have different opinions.

Thanks and hope you are cancer-free.

July 10, 2007 10:45 AM  

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