Excess Mucus After Neck Radiation

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Excess Mucus After Neck Radiation

by Kaygr on Sun Aug 14, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband has a large amount of mucus which causes him to gag and vomit. He has had 29 out of 35 radiation treatments and two out of three chemo treatments for his tongue cancer. He has a PEG tube. The mucus is one of the worst side effects to this whole ordeal. What has helped any of you? He swishes with baking soda and salt water, drinks water with ice chips, and takes Ativan. Has anyone had success with sugar free gum or vitamin E swished in the mouth? My husband hasn't wanted to try these suggestions yet.

Excess Mucus

by terry_f_1 on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:00 AM

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My husband had the same problem during radiation for larynx cancer. The problem subsided within one week of finishing treatment. The medication zofran also helped. terry

Excess Mucus

by Brian_N_1 on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:00 AM

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I can sympathize with your husband. Sept.16 will mark my 3 yr. anniversary being diagnosed with oral cavity cancer. I went through 33 radiation treatments about the face and neck. I have found no relief from the excess mucus other than making a hell of a racket in the bathroom in the morning while brushing my teeth, then gargleing with regular mouthwash. It's no fun, but I don't see a change coming anytime soon. Sorry, Brian N.

Mucus

by Brian_N_1 on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:00 AM

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I have the same problum after the same type of cancer and radation to the neck. So far we have not found anything that will help. If I do find something I will ley you know.

Mucus

by Mildred_D on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:00 AM

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I have the same problum after the same type of cancer and radation to the neck. So far we have not found anything that will help. If I do find something I will ley you know. Herbmd1@aol.com

Excess Mucas After Radiation

by Sue63 on Tue Aug 16, 2005 12:00 AM

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Wow! I guess I was a lucky one. I had tongue cancer almost one year ago and went through 36 radiation treatments and three chemo treatments and never experienced excess mucas. I don't have hardly any saliva. Have you asked them in radiation if they have any suggestions? I also had a peg tube until June 2005. Has he tried any of the biotene products? I was given some samples from the radiation department. I am not sure if they would help or not. I cannot use any regular type of toothpaste or mouthwash. I have to use biotene b/c of how sensitive my tongue is. Most toothpastes and mouthwashes burn. I hope this has helped some. Sue

Mucositis After Radiation to Throat/neck Area

by Lin_m on Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:00 AM

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My mother has gone through 35 radiation treatments for squamous cell to her tonsil. Treatment ended in Nov. 04 and still is having mucus trouble gagging most of the day. Her problem has been made worse by radiation having caused her esophagus to close. Any ideas or successful treatment for the closed esophagus? Any info would be worth looking into. Back to the mucus -- she has tried gum, mouth wash, magic mouth wash, backing soda, none of which has helped. we recently got a suction machine but it doesnt make the problem go away it just helps to get it up when it feels stuck in the mouth/throat. She has also begun to experience extreme dryness of the mouth at night ex. from 11:00P to the next morning for a couple of hours after waking. Rinsing and spitting with waters helps for a few minutes at a time but that's it. She has tried biotene, saliva substitute, gargling, etc.. but nothing has really helped. Is anyone experiencing this or has anyone experienced it and found something to help relieve the symptoms?? Again, any info/suggestions will be appreciated. We will continue to monitor the board to see if we can provide any suggestions for any problems being experienced by others. Thanks for your time, help and concern. All ideas could come in handy for those suffering from these horrible cancers and the treatment side effects to erradicate them. Thanks again.

Closed Esophagus

by Steffani on Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:00 AM

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is your mom able to eat regular food via her mouth? or is she eating via a peg tube?

Closed Esophagus

by Lin_m on Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:00 AM

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Thanks for the replies. My mom is totally dependent on the PEG tube and has been for nearly a year. Her esophagus is totally closed off from scar tissue, not even a pin hole opening according to the gastro doctor who had previously stretched her esophagus. We hope to find out the closure is only at the top and the surgeon can do a replacement using a piece of her small intestine. We may get some news tomorrow. If anyone has any other information or ideas please forward them on. We would apppreciate any help at all. Thank you.

Cancer

by Steffani on Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:00 AM

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What type of cancer did your mom have?
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