Does anyone have experience of mouth cancer?

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Hi everyone

I'm writing about my auntie who has survived mouth cancer twice in the past, but has now been told that she has a tumour at the base of her neck that they cannot operate on. Basically, they cannot say whether she has days, weeks or months to live.

Originally they said between 2-10 months, but she then progressed very quickly to what they called "the next stage". She is considering chemo and radiotherapy, purely because her son is so desperate for her to try, but so far she seems to be declining rapidly and feeling so dire that she doesn't want to try prolonging things if she has no real quality of life.

Has anyone had any experience of this with a family member/friend? It is absolutely terrifying (especially for my auntie) and I haven't got a clue what to expect from one second to the next. I am constantly worrying about what will happen, but no one seems able to say.

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    did you ask for a reason why the doctors cant operate at the base of the neck ? is it too advanced like has it spread throughout the body or speading rapidly ? otherwise i know doctors can do anything if they wanted to
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    Yes it's because of the location of the tumours, the size of them and the fact that they are growing so rapidly. Triple whammy.
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