How a happy and healthy 27-year-old was forced to have his tongue cut after being diagnosed with cancer
How a healthy 27-year-old was forced to have most of his TONGO removed after shock cancer diagnosis spread to his heart – while revealing the seemingly harmless sign he missed
- A 27-year-old Australian man had half of his tongue cut away, along with tumors
- Dayle Gordon’s first symptom was a seemingly harmless but persistent ulcer
- Doctors discarded the mouth ulcer before diagnosing it with cancer
- When cancer spread from Dayle Gordon’s neck to heart, he was considered terminal
- Mr. Gordon’s wife has since started a GoFundMe for treatment and raised $ 55,000
A 27-year-old who went to the doctor in late 2019 with a persistent mouth ulcer had half of his tongue removed after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.
Dayle Gordon of Victoria has since been told that the tongue cancer has spread and is terminal, despite numerous grueling surgeries and radiotherapy.
Mr. Gordon was originally told that the seemingly harmless mouth ulcer was of no concern, but a later diagnosis determined it was cancer.
Dayle Gordon and his partner Taylah (pictured, together) turned their world upside down after his cancer was considered terminal at age 27
Mr. Gordon (pictured in hospital) has undergone numerous surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat the cancer
The fit and healthy 27-year-old then underwent surgery in which half of his tongue was cut off and 50 lymph nodes removed, his family said. 7 News.
After surgery, he was forced into chemotherapy and radiation, from which he was lucky to recover.
He still got PET scans every three months to confirm his recovery was on track.
But by the end of 2020, he had developed a large lump on his neck, which also had to be removed.
Gordon’s partner Taylah has set up a GoFundMe that has raised more than $ 55,000 for his treatment
The lump was removed in February of this year after it grew into an artery leading to the brain.
Tragedy struck again earlier this month when doctors found a spot on his heart, meaning the cancer had spread, after which doctors found it terminal.
Mr. Gordons sister, Jessica Sexton, said this news was the hardest to deal with.
“ I think finding the tumor in his heart was really the one that hit him hardest because he feels like he’s over hurdles and already had two major surgeries and then going back and then finding and Spreading was definitely the hardest thing to do to handle, ‘she said.
Mr. Gordon’s sister said it was when they found the tumor in his heart that it really ‘hit him hardest’
She said his partner Taylah had been his ‘rock’ for the past few tumultuous years.
“She is constantly by his side and takes so much time off to be at his appointments and be there for him during his recovery surgeries,” she said.
Mr. Gordon was originally told that the tumor could not be operated on, but ended up having open heart surgery when doctors found a second tumor.
His sister said they only had one option when the tumors were found.
“ Something like that is just a huge risk because you could have heart failure at any time and leaving the tumor there just wouldn’t have been an option, ” she said.
For the rest of the tumors, the 27-year-old will undergo radiation therapy that targets his neck and heart.
Since then, Mr. Gordon has continued to look for new ways to complete rehabilitation, including RGCC uneconomic testing available only in Europe.
He sent blood samples to Europe before receiving a detailed treatment plan that will last 18 days, which he will do while also undergoing immunotherapy for the next 10 weeks.
His wife has one GoFundMe page to help pay for their hospital costs, they have currently raised well over $ 55,000.
Mr Gordon is now waiting for a response from a European treatment plan that will last for 18 days