Manchester dad has stage four tumor removed after visiting GP for water spraying from his nose – Archyde

A heavy smoker received the shock of his life when he was told he had just months to live after a doctor’s appointment revealed a tumor “the size of a tennis ball”.

Phil Sledden-Houston, 51, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, had visited his GP after realizing something was seriously wrong when he sipped some water and most of it squirted out of his nose.

The father-of-two was told a cancerous lump “the size of a tennis ball” had formed in his cheek, which needed to be removed or he could die in the next six months.

Mr Sledden-Houston, who has smoked since he was young, underwent invasive surgery to fight stage IV oral cancer that had been hiding in his cheekbone for years.

Surgeons removed part of his hip bone and used it to reconstruct his cheek during the 15-hour procedure – leaving him unable to smile.

Mr Sledden-Houston told Manchester Evening Messages: “I will never forget that the surgeon told me how serious it was, the tumor was in my cheekbone and he thought it had been hidden for four years.

“It was the size of a tennis ball and had to be removed. It was a massive operation and it took me months to recover.’

Phil Sledden-Houston, 51, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, had visited his GP after realizing something was seriously wrong when he sipped some water and most of it squirted out of his nose

Mr Sledden-Houston was just 48 when doctors told him he needed last-minute surgery to remove a giant cancerous tumour.

He visited a dental specialist at the hospital who told him he had stage four oral cancer in palliative care and was faced with a difficult choice – undergo risky surgery to remove the tumor or potentially die within just six months.

Hoping to see Christmas again, Mr Sledden-Houston dropped the cigarettes from his lifestyle and opted for the operation.

After his operation, he could not eat or speak properly for half a year, and his face was slightly disfigured after his facial nerves were damaged during the operation.

Mr Sledden-Houston admits he’s been “incredibly lucky” in recent years, escaping chemotherapy after doctors managed to remove the entire tumor from his cheek.

“It looks like I suffered a tiny stroke, but I’ve been incredibly lucky as not everyone makes it through,” he told MEN.

“I had a face lift in October 2019 which has given me a lot more confidence and I only have a faint scar now.

“One of the biggest challenges was learning to eat and speak using only the left side of my face since I don’t have teeth on the other side. I’ve been in remission for a little over three years now and have never felt better.’

Freeway maintenance worker is now urging smokers to quit the habit after coming close to death.

Phil Sledden-Houston visited a dental specialist at the hospital who told him he was suffering from stage four oral cancer on palliative care and faced a difficult decision - undergo risky surgery to remove the tumor, or possibly within just six months would die

Phil Sledden-Houston visited a dental specialist at the hospital who told him he was suffering from stage four oral cancer on palliative care and faced a difficult decision - undergo risky surgery to remove the tumor, or possibly within just six months would die

Phil Sledden-Houston visited a dental specialist at the hospital who told him he was suffering from stage four oral cancer on palliative care and faced a difficult decision – undergo risky surgery to remove the tumor, or possibly within just six months would die

Mr Sledden-Houston says his sleep pattern improved dramatically after quitting cigarettes, he rarely feels breathless and has more energy.

He said: “My taste improved and I also started to save money. All of these were incentives to quit smoking, but the cancer diagnosis was definitely my wake up call as I would have continued smoking.

“It took me the shock of being diagnosed with stage four cancer to quit, and I urge everyone to try quitting before you end up like me.”

Smoking has been directly linked to at least a dozen different types of cancer and is the leading cause of around 15 per cent of all cancer cases in the country each year, according to Cancer Research UK.

dr Matt Evison, clinical director of Greater Manchester’s tobacco control program Make Smoking History, said: “Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and to reduce your risk of developing serious illnesses.

“I see daily the harm of smoking and the devastation it causes to patients and their families.

“It damages every organ in the body, causing lung disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and at least 15 types of cancer.”

Reference-www.nach-welt.com

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