Throat Cancer Survivor Carmelita Catanghal – 15 Years in Remission

Throat Cancer Survivor Carmelita Catanghal – 15 Years in Remission
Ms. Carmelita Catanghal was diagnosed by me to have a throat cancer (laryngeal – hypopharyngeal cancer) in 1997, when she was 48 years old.  I operated on her at the Philippine General Hospital .  I did total pharyngo-laryngo-esophagectomy (TPLO) with a gastric pull-up.  See description of the operation in Tagalog below as narrated by her brother, Ricky.  Lately, I received this picture of hers from Ricky with a report that she is good health.  Ms. Catanghal, 63 years old now, is currently residing in Nevada, Las Vegas. She is in remission for 15 years now.  We both thank God for this long remission.
“hi doc kamusta na po muli sayo ako po si ricky kapatid ng naging pasiyente nyo si carmelita catanghal, may gusto po akong idagdag tungkol sa pagkaka-diagnose mo bago sya maoperahan, sinabi mo po sa amin noon nung syay maconfine sa pgh ang pagkakadiagnose po ninyo ay may bukol na po yung kanyang larynx, esophagus, at yung kanyang vocal chord ay nadamay na po nung kanyang bukol na tumubo sa kanyang lalamunan. kaya po nung silipin ninyo yung kanyang throat ay pinagbigay alam po ninyo kay carmelita oras na sya ay maoperahan tuluyan ng mawawala ang kanyang boses at saka po ang ginawa po ninyo sa kanyang operasyon ay biniyak po ninyo yung kanyang stomach upang itaas yung kanyang lungs at binutas po ninyo yung kanyang throat upang doon ilabas ang kanyang paghinga at pagkatapos po noon ay inoperahan na po ninyo yung kanyang lalamunan upang i-pulled out yung tatlong nasabing nadamay ng kanyang bukol sa lalamunan gaya po ng Larynx, esophagus at vocal chords. Pinganak po si carmelita catanghal March 30 1949. kasalukuyan pong nasa edad syang 63 sa ngayon. maraming salamat po doc. ricky”
Posted in 2012

Retrieved this endoscopic picture of the lesion in the hypopharynx encroaching on the larynx.

In July 2017, I was told by her relative that Ms. Catanghal died on July 10, 2017 because of metastatic liver cancer of unknown primary complicated by pneumonia.  She was in remission for 20 years for her hypopharyngeal cancer before she died of another cause.
ROJ@17aug13; 17dec11
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