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Laryngeal Cancer

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 29, 2008
  • 06:35 AM

My husband went to his regular GP for over a year complaining of a persistant sore throat. He was given antibiotics and told he had a sinus infection that came and went. This was plausible to my husband.

His voice began to get raspy and it became hard to swallow. He went back to his GP and was told he had STREP. There was no test given. I took him to a larger city, in 5 minutes the ENT told us he was 100% sure he had cancer.

In the span of 24 hours we learned he was Stage IV laryngeal Cancer and had he come in earlier, there would have been an excellent chance of a better outcome. He lived almost 4 years from diagnosis. He suffered horribly through the treatments and surgeries.

My husband died July 27, 2007. One year ago yesterday.He died of a carotid artery rupture after the last surgery to debulk the tumor. No one told us that was even a possiblity. I feel as if he was murdered.

I'm not angry anymore. I just think people should know to look a little further for a second opinion, even if the dr is someone they normally trust.

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  • hi! my name is sandy. i went to an ent specialist in 4/07 with a hard time swallowing and a hoarse throat. he told me he didn't see anything with his scope and sent me for a swallowing test that he said was negative. well to make a long story short, he sent me home, i came back a couple months later with the same symptoms and in a day and a half i was in the hospital for a biopsy. it was positive for cancer. he sent me for 8 weeks of radiation treatment, then sent me for a pet scan , it was negative. 2 months after that, trouble swallowing, same thing, cancers back. then it was out of his league and sent me to a surgeon in a hospital that specializes in tracheotomies and that's it now. my youngest is 12 yrs old and i have no voice. i ended up with a total tracheotomy. guess what i also have a malpractice suit my lawyers say i have a good case but it won't bring my voice back. you should definitely look into it. these doctors are so busy they don't take the time to really investigate and diagnose properly, they're playing with our lives. good luck! sandy
    forgetlee 11 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 02:06 AM
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