My doctor called me with the biopsy results yesterday. It came back positive for squamous cell carcinoma.
As a side note, I saw my transplant team at MD Anderson on Monday and had a CT scan out of an abundance of caution and in order to give my transplant doctor the opportunity to examine the nodes in question.
My local oncologist has been amazing throughout this process and I can't say enough about him. He's been in contact with my doctors at MDA--who are also fabulous in their own right. My head and neck surgeon's team has organized my pre-op appointments. I need to have a PET scan to see if the cancer is any where other than my neck. Then I need to have my heart checked out to see if I'm healthy enough for surgery and treatment. There will be X-rays and I'll need to be cleared by internal medicine. For good measure, I get to see my dermatologist for my annual check-up the same day. (It's been on the books for a year.)
This all kicks off on 5/22. If I'm cleared, I'll meet with my surgeon on 5/27 and surgery will take place the following day.
Chris or I will update as we get news.