My brother in law Michael has neck cancer that grew to a very large lump before seeking treatment or. letting family know. At that point it was diagnosed stage 4. He did radiology and chemo with some shrinking. However he just was told spread to lungs and has only few months to live and they recommending hospice. He is poor, drank and smoked heavily, and at Elmhurst General, no insurance. I am looking to see if there are any aggressive or experimental options to prolonge life or potential cure. I could help him out financially if needed. He is in Queens NY and I in Denver CO. Tx.
Welcome to Grace. I’m sorry your brother in law has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer. I will ask a doctor to comment on our post. I don’t know if you’ve seen our library of information but it can be found by clicking on the tab at the top of the page “Focused Cancer Info” and clicking on head and neck cancer and here, http://cancergrace.org/hnscc/
I’m sorry that your brother in law is in this situation. With metastatic head/neck cancer, chemotherapy can be used in fit patients to increase the duration of survival and to delay the time until the cancer causes symptoms. While we’d rather cure, living longer and feeling better are worthy goals, when possible. 3 years ago, when we launched head/neck on GRACE, I wrote a post summarizing the standard of care. You can find it at http://cancergrace.org/hnscc/2010/05/18/chemotherapy-for-incurable-scchn/ . Sadly, very little has improved since that time and optimal practice isn’t very different.
There are many good hospitals in NY for head/neck cancer. I know nothing about which will accept a patient without insurance. In Denver, UColorado is an excellent institution; Dr. Jimenez is there and he has contributed to GRACE.