I went back for the follow-up consultation relating to my last neck operation two weeks ago, and my consultant (Mr Rhys-Evans at the Royal Marsden in Kensington; highly recommended) thinks it would be best for me to have radiotherapy to the site to try and reduce the chance of recurrence. There’s only so many operations one neck can sustain, and it’s best to do everything to avoid having to have any more.
In three weeks time, I’ll be fitted for a removable clear plastic brace/mould for my head and neck so that everything stays in the same position during treatment sessions. The course itself starts at the end of September (carefully planned to be just after Euro Foo and EuroOSCON :-) and runs for six weeks.
The dose, for those interested in such things, will be 60Gy, given over 30 treatments of 2Gy, each lasting about 15 minutes.
Due to the angle they are giving it at (from the front, down the right side of the neck) the beam will miss important things in the centre line of my body like my eyes, ears, teeth, oesophagus and spinal cord, so side effects are expected to be limited to skin reddening and damage.