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Old 10-05-2006, 04:13 PM   #1
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Question Any ideas on life expectancy of stage 4 oral cancer patient

without treatment?

The reason I'm asking "without treatment" is this:

My mom is 83 years old, living with me. She was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma-myeloma in 2000. She wanted to have new partials made. During the process of having teeth removed the oral surgeon saw "suspicous tissue" in her upper mouth (hard palate). He biopsied it and we are awaiting the results. She also has developed a lump on the right side of her neck.

Being the worry wart that I am, I am almost certain she must have stage IV oral cancer. She has always been so proud of her appearance. She gets her hair done weekly, won't leave the house unless she has her make-up on., etc. (Me I'm up and out the door in 1/2 hour!)

If we are faced with the realty of oral cancer and this was your mom, what would you do? From what I'm reading surgery, radiation, and chemo would greatly deminish her quality of life.

I hate to think of her leaving the world this way.

TC