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American expat in the UK

5 Jul 2017 17:41

Hello,

     30 year old American expat living in the UK.  I joined this forum because I just today had a biopsy done on my tongue.  Naturally I am quite scarred about what the results will be given that smokers and drinkers are more likely to develop oral cancer.  After I received the request to come in for a biopsy, I pretty much quit smoking after that.  My symptoms are white patches on my tongue.  I am hoping they are just benign dead cells and not cancer.  Though I knew my lifestyle wasn't exactly healthy and that I would have problems in the future, I did not expect anything to come up quite this soon.  To be quite honest I don't even really know why I am posting here other than to get things off my chest.  I've read forum posts on this topic and they all generally say the same thing and it is true that I just simply don't know anything yet and worrying about it will not change anything.  Yet I simply can't help but dwell on it.

 

Many Thanks for reading. 

American expat in the UK

5 Jul 2017 21:02 in response to Expat2008

 

Hi Expat,

Welcome to Cancer Chat, although sorry that you have to find yourself here. You are quite right, worry won't make your problem go away, but it doesn't stop us from doing so regardless. Try to distract yourself by keeping busy.

Have you been given an appointment to go back for the results of your biopsy and if so, how far away is it?

You are not alone in the way you are feeling. Waiting for results is always one of the most stressful times.

I hope that you don't have too long before you know what you are dealing with and I sincerely hope that there is no cancer present.

We are always here if you want to talk.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx

 

American expat in the UK

5 Jul 2017 22:05 in response to Jolamine

Hello Jolamine,

            Thanks for taking the time to read my intro.  My next appointment to discuss the lab results is on the 2nd of August.  I expect I will know then whether or not I have cancer.  In the meantime, lots of thoughts will be swirling around my head.  I haven't told any friends or family yet as I don't want to worry anyone else until I know if there is something wrong.  

       I may post again in the "Pre-diagnosis, signs & symptoms" section to see what peoples' experiences have been with tongue biopsies and oral cancer.  As mentioned, I'm at higher risk because of my lifestyle choices for the past 10 years, but when google searching images, I have struggled to find any pictures that looks exactly what I have on my tongue and would be good to know what kind of symptoms people had.

Many Thanks.

American expat in the UK

5 Jul 2017 22:47 in response to Expat2008

 

Hi Expat,

That is quite a wait for you. Try to avoid searching the Internet, as you're bound to look at some of the worst cases and apply them to yourself, when this is not necessarily the case.

Please do post again in "The Pre-diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms" sector. There are plenty of people with tongue cancer on the site, but some only look in occasionally and may have missed your first post. Unfortunately, I cannot help you with this as I have no knowledge of this type of cancer. I have had two bouts of breast cancer and am more au fait with that.

I am hoping to hear that you are clear after your next consultation. Do keep in touch.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx