throat burns from radiation

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throat burns from radiation

by NeneH on Wed Apr 16, 2008 12:00 AM

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My mom's breast cancer is now in her spine and she just finished radiation treatments.  She has tumors on her neck and the radiation burned her throat severely.  She is still having difficulty swallowing and losing weight which will interfere with chemo.  I read one time about aloe vera gel or oil that could be swallowed to help heal the throat.  Any suggestions?  Nene H 

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by nic70 on Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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I too had the same problem going through radiation.  It is basically thrush in the back of the throat and it is very painful and uncomfortable.  The doctor had given me a concoction called majic mouthwash.  It was a mix of lidocain, malox and some other stuff.  The pharmacy mixed it up and it helped.  Due to me not being able to swallow anything, I lost 96 pounds but was put on a feeding tube, this is also how I took my medication (liquid form).  The mouthwash helped long enough to be able to swallow some liquids, but food was still too painful.  What also helped was buying some alcohol free toothpaste and mouthwash.  It is very important to take care of your dental hygiene in these conditions due to the lack of saliva in the mouth which could cause further dental problems.  Good luck.

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by Kaemac on Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:00 AM

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My husband's oncologist ordered insertion of a feeding tube early in the treatment stage so when his throat became too sore to eat we could feed him liquid nourishment through the tube.  We also put his pain medication through the tube and it was a godsend.  He lost very little weight because of the tube and it was removed as soon as he could start eating again.  About a month or so following his last radiation treatment.  The treatment was an ordeal but it has now been 16 months since he completed radiation and there is no sign of recurrence or metastasis so far.  He had Stage 3a inoperable NSCLC.   We also used a form of lidocaine that he swallowed just before eating and that helped.  The "magic mouthwash" did not work for him as it gave him nausea.

 Best wishes

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by Dustydragon on Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:00 AM

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I just found this place.  I have the sdame issue, magic doesnt work for me, is it possible for you to post of the name that worked for your husband, or e-mail me?

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by jeffs58 on Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:00 AM

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You might want to try "oralbalance" products.  They have a mouthwash, toothpaste and dry mouth moisturizer and all are over the counter.  A toothbrush is still very hard to use so I use my index finger.  It seems to help me to keep my mouth as clean as I can.  I finished 7 weeks of  radiation therapy and Erbitux one week ago.  Belive it or not but sips of Coca-cola seem to help my dry mouth but not too often.

Jeff 

 

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by Kaemac on Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:00 AM

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Sorry. I just now returned to the site.  The medicine was Viscous Lidocaine. 
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