My new cancer has arrived wrapped in a mystery. I have squamous cell carcinoma in the lymph node below my left ear. The tumor isn’t caused by lymphoma, which is good. But squamous cell carcinoma is a skin cancer, which means it came from somewhere else. My recent PET scan showed I am cancer-free except this one spot, hence the mystery.
My own theory is that it’s a brain tumor that got lost.
I will have more tests to search for the source and surgery on September 2 to remove the lymph node and parotid gland. Follow up may include radiation and chemo.
People who have had extensive chemotherapy or a bone marrow transplant are at higher risk for opportunistic cancers because of a weakened immune system. My immune system has been suppressed for two years.
I’m not looking forward to surgery on my neck but don’t have a lot of options. Details to follow as I get them. Thanks for your love and prayers.