Pat C's Cancer Blog

It's been a long time!

Hi all you cancer warriors. It's been a while since I took time to post. You know you try to get back to normal, if there is such a thing as normal as the years go by. 

I'm 6 years post treatment for Stage IV tonsil cancer and have been cleared by the ENT and Radiation Oncologist to be 'cured' or whatever. I hope everyone is doing the best they can and like to check on the progress of the fighters here. 

I'm dealing with some skin cancer issues as of now due to my youthful exposure to the sun, with no protection. So far it's 3 basal cell spots and 1 Squamous cell spot. I spent the winter using Effudux 5% creme on my arms, hands (October, November) and my face in December and January. Pretty nice skin burn where actinic keratosis was present. Using sunblock and wearing long sleeve shirts and big hats all the time outside now. Don't wait, cover your skin.

My teen years were spent marching in a drum and bugle corps. That meant days in the sun (usually no shirt and shorts)! Then to become a band director and spend summer on the parking lot and football field with basically a hat and short sleeve shirt. Hence the damage...cover yourselves outside!

Keep posting and we'll see you on here occasionally.


Pat C

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Great news. It is always good to see those stage fours with survivor stories it helps us who are in the thick of it to have hope.
Hi Pat, happy to hear from you! I have noticed over the years less and less tonsil cancer blogging/bloggers. I think the new less aggressive/less radiation treatments have come along way! And, thus they have less treatment related side effects! That is really good- for them LOL. I still deal with treatment side effects everyday- mostly dry mouth, neck pain and lymphedema. I am thankful for surviving! but still, it is tough stuff. Congrats on the 6 years and I was 6 years this month too. SOOO nice to get the update from you and being your blogging friend all these years!! hugs
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Pat I am happy your NED and God bless you and all you have been through. Life takes on so many ups and downs and when it comes another year to celebrate it brings you to your knees. i am grateful you shared your journey and have received strength from it. Thank you my friend. Hugs and love and always prayers Sabina
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Pre skin cancer

Here are the partial results of no sunblock as a teenager and young adult. From age 12 until age 31 marching in a drum and bugle corps all summer, working as a landscaper in the sun began the destruction of my skin. With the addition of 33 years as a band director and all the outside rehearsal I’m now doing treatment for actinic Keratosis - a pre cancerous condition of the skin. This is day 23 of 30 spreading Fluorouracil (Efudex) 5% cream to halt the rapidly growing cells. My advice is “ wear sunblock, hats, long sleeves or only go out early or late to protect! 

After tonsil cancer 6 years ago, this is just a pain in the face and arms!

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Pre Cancerous so hopefully the treatment solves this issue. Good Luck with Treatment.
Pat thats terrible to have to go through this when you already have suffered enough.. It's good your right on it and can do something before it gets worse.... Who would think it could get like that.. does it hurt? I am going to be praying that it heals real fast and your skin will be better than it ever was Amen... hugs and love and always prayers Sabina
Oh man. Did the red spots come on as a result of the cream or did they pop up all sudden like on their own? I had a spot on my face that I had zapped or something and hasn't come back yet. But I think it was a different type of keratosis. I hope yours settles down on you.
Oh my! My daughter does marching band. I’m gonna show her your picture- very convincing! Feel better!!!!!!! Hugs
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Vital Info


May 6, 2011

Worthington, Pennsylvania 16262

October 8, 1957

Cancer Info

Tonsil Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

January 17, 2011

Stage 4

1.1 - 2.0 cm

Grade 2



The 'surprise attack' nature of the disease

You can't dodge the inevitable

They have done everything


Lymph node N-1 and N-2


Butler Regional Cancer Center

Get the feeding tube early. You will not be eating after a few weeks of radiation.

Allow yourself to vent the frustration

April 28, 2011

July 10, 2011

Ongoing sore thoat - Was thought to be infection, then abscess then tonsil stone. Not until tonsilectomy was cancer discovered.




Worthington Fire Department and my band students held a spaghetti dinner for my extra food and medical expenses - What a wonderful gift. I thought all those band kids hated me for being strict and somewhat "Irish Tempermental"


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