My regular 6-week visit with my oncologist today included a mixture of good news and potentially not so good news.
First, the good news. I’m feeling fine and Dr. Barbara, my oncologist, is happy with my progress. I’m exercising, losing about 1 pound a week, eating everything (except spicy foods), and good range of motion with neck and mouth.
Second, the not so good news. Dr. Barbara’s assistant discovered a sore spot on my tongue. Actually, it’s a small “lump” with a white area on the tongue surface. I had not felt any lump or bump on my tongue prior to the appointment. However, after Dr. Barbara had poked and prodded my tongue, it was sore when I left the clinic.
Dr. Barbara felt that it was probably nothing to worry about. However, I should get Dr. N, my otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon), to take a look. Not urgent – in the next few weeks would be fine. She wasn’t too worried, but I was. Despite the good report from the CT Scan, what’s going on with this tongue sore? Dr. N has a busy schedule, so it was 3 weeks before I could get an appointment since Dr. Barbara said it was not urgent.
Since Dr. Barbara feels it’s nothing to worry about, I try to convince myself that I should not worry. Let’ s see what Dr. N says before I worry too much…