August 17, 2018

My Experience Battling Cancer


I had a lump on the right side of my neck. My primary care physician made an appointment for me with an endocrinologist in Orange County. A biopsy was done and I was told that it was cancer and that it did not look good. We needed to move quickly.
The endocrinologist had just been to a conference where Dr. Livhits spoke. The doctors spoke and a visit with Dr. Livhits was scheduled.
I went through the pre-screenings and surgery was scheduled. I spent one night in the hospital. Then appointments were made with Dr. Wong for chemotherapy and Dr. Chin for radiology.They told me the treatment would be fast and aggressive. I had 3 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy once a week. I felt fine all the way through it unt il the end when it hit me like a sledgehammer. My taste was gone and my appetite was gone- I lost weight.
Right before Christmas, I was told my calcium level was very low. I had not noticed a difference except for a slight tingling sensation. But it was serious enough that I had to spend 3-4 days in the hospital.
Now I am feeling fine and gaining weight. Its just a question of keeping my medications in order.
Dr. Livhits told me on my check up today that she did not see anything except for the scarring from the radiation.
I am feeling real good and I would recommend those 3 doctors. They were extremely nice to me and prioritized my care.

Tags: biopsy, calcium level, Cancer, cancer, chemotherapy, Dr. Deborah Wong, Dr. Masha Livhits, Dr. Robert Chin, Endocrine, Endocrine Surgery, endocrinologist, Endocrinology, patient stories, primary care physician, Radiation Oncology, radiology, Radiology, scarring, surgery, Surgery, UCLA Endocrine Center

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