And on we go…

Late this afternoon we got the call from the Doctor’s office with the date for the IUA or EUA or whatever that Quadroscopy is called. October 19, 2007. Friday. That will give me a weekend to get my throat back into shape before I have to deal with anyone other than family. Good.This also gives me the opportunity to go ahead with the ITIL V3 stuff in Calgary on the 15th, 16th and 17th. Well, that is unless they get the PET scan setup for one of those dates… And the real bonus for the ITIL V3 session is that … Continue reading And on we go…

The Symptoms — NasoPharyngeal Carcinoma

I think that it was my uncle who asked me if, now that I know what I know, if I can identify the symptoms that might have helped the doctors find this thing earlier. I don’t really know for sure, but here are the signs that I now recognize: the lump in my neck (pretty damned obvious, eh? But not necessarily limited to this particular cancer.) my sinuses have felt ‘full’ for most of this spring and summer. On occasion, when I blew my nose really hard, I got a bit of bloody yuck… though this isn’t necessarily an indicator. … Continue reading The Symptoms — NasoPharyngeal Carcinoma

Pathologist’s Report–Nasopharyngeal

As promised, here is the basic text of the pathologists report on the needle biopsy of the lump in my neck that precipitated all of this:Clinical History: Other related clinical data: Right anterior triangle level II-III, 3-cm firm mobile mass, right anterior neck.Diagnosis:Right anterior triangle of the neck, aspirate:Malignant Cells, consistent with metastatic tumor, favour primary Nasapharyngeal Carcinoma.Microscopic Description:The specimen is adequate for evaluation of a lymph node in that there are a small number of lymphocytes at the edges of the smears; however, there are also a moderate number of groups of poorly differentiated cells, some of which show … Continue reading Pathologist’s Report–Nasopharyngeal

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma; damn!

On Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at about 4:30 pm, Dr. Olson, in a very straightforward, no nonsense manner informed me that a biopsy of a lymph node in my neck reveals that I am harbouring a Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. He was gracious enough to give me a copy of the pathologist’s report (which I will try to input at a later time when I have it with me). Good Doctor, that one… So far we’ve done the CT scan of the neck and chest, and we have an appointment with a Dr. Williams at the University of Alberta scheduled for Tuesday, … Continue reading Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma; damn!