how long do these side effects last?

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how long do these side effects last?

by tj11106 on Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:00 AM

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My last treatment was September 3rd, 08 and now I'm on the recovery trail, just wondering how long do these sign effects last...ex: not able to taste food,plus when I try to eat I feel like the food is stuck in my throat,yet I can swallow liquids...soreness in my throat that feels like a plain old sore throat from a cold...have this cakey taste in my mouth...now have dry throat, which I keep sipping on water. I hope someone can tell me something so I don't feel like I'm losing my mind over this recovery...thank you.

Tammy

RE: how long do these side effects last?

by jcr65566 on Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 9/29/2008 t&j11106 wrote:

My last treatment was September 3rd, 08 and now I'm on the recovery trail, just wondering how long do these sign effects last...ex: not able to taste food,plus when I try to eat I feel like the food is stuck in my throat,yet I can swallow liquids...soreness in my throat that feels like a plain old sore throat from a cold...have this cakey taste in my mouth...now have dry throat, which I keep sipping on water. I hope someone can tell me something so I don't feel like I'm losing my mind over this recovery...thank you.

Tammy


tammy what was your treatment

RE: how long do these side effects last?

by tj11106 on Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 9/29/2008 jcr65566 wrote:

 

On 9/29/2008 t&j11106 wrote:

My last treatment was September 3rd, 08 and now I'm on the recovery trail, just wondering how long do these sign effects last...ex: not able to taste food,plus when I try to eat I feel like the food is stuck in my throat,yet I can swallow liquids...soreness in my throat that feels like a plain old sore throat from a cold...have this cakey taste in my mouth...now have dry throat, which I keep sipping on water. I hope someone can tell me something so I don't feel like I'm losing my mind over this recovery...thank you.

Tammy


tammy what was your treatment

I had 39 treatments of radiation to my neck area and 7 chemo...I was diagnosed with throat cancer, area located was back of my tongue and throat. I went in to the doctor with a sore throat and ear ache, then the doctor took out my tonsils to find that I had cancer. Ethynol was the chemo I believe.

 

RE: how long do these side effects last?

by jcr65566 on Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 9/30/2008 t&j11106 wrote:

 

On 9/29/2008 jcr65566 wrote:

 

On 9/29/2008 t&j11106 wrote:

My last treatment was September 3rd, 08 and now I'm on the recovery trail, just wondering how long do these sign effects last...ex: not able to taste food,plus when I try to eat I feel like the food is stuck in my throat,yet I can swallow liquids...soreness in my throat that feels like a plain old sore throat from a cold...have this cakey taste in my mouth...now have dry throat, which I keep sipping on water. I hope someone can tell me something so I don't feel like I'm losing my mind over this recovery...thank you.

Tammy


tammy what was your treatment

I had 39 treatments of radiation to my neck area and 7 chemo...I was diagnosed with throat cancer, area located was back of my tongue and throat. I went in to the doctor with a sore throat and ear ache, then the doctor took out my tonsils to find that I had cancer. Ethynol was the chemo I believe.

 


 

hi Tammy sorry for what your going through I havent had this my self but I was ask befor to look up imformation for a patient here who  had it done and when I talk to a frend who is a resident Dr she said these effects are not uncommon side effects of radiation therapy. The dryness often remains unfortunately. drue to damage salivary glands. she suggest drink water frequent  drinking and and also gurgling. your Taste may or may not return. There is not much that can be done there, sorry! Due to the dryness you have to be  very careful about your  teeth hygiene in order to try to avoid tooth decay! I got this awhile ago when the other paient ask me Dry mouth (xerostomia), is most commonly caused by radiation therapy directed at the head and neck region of the body. Radiation may irreversibly affect the production and quality of saliva in the salivary glands. A number of medications can also induce xerostomia. Dry mouth may affect the patients speech, taste sensation and ability to swallow.

Many patients complain of a sore or burning sensation, cracked lips, and fissures in the corners of the mouth. There is also an increased risk of cavities and mouth disease due to less saliva to cleanse the teeth and gums.

There are now some means of preventing xerostomia that were not available a few years ago. Amifostine, a radiation protector of normal tissues, has been shown to protect the salivary glands when given daily with radiation therapy. Also, a treatment known as Proton therapy may allow the radiation oncologist to spare the salivary glands from getting significant radiation doses. This may prevent dry mouth in the future. If you are getting radiation therapy to the head and neck region, you should discuss these options with your radiation oncologist. If you have developed xerostomia, there are management strategies that can effectively deal with your dry mouth and prevent cavities and periodontal disease.

Try to follow these simple guidelines:

  • Perform oral hygiene at least four times a day. (After each meal and before bedtime)
  • The oral cavity should be rinsed and wiped immediately after meals
  • Dentures need to be brushed and rinsed after meals
  • Only use toothpaste with fluoride when brushing
  • Keep water handy to keep the mouth moist at all times
  • Apply prescription strength fluoride gel at bedtime
  • Rinse with salt and baking soda solution 4-6 times a day
  • Avoid liquids and foods with high sugar content
  • Avoid rinses containing alcohol
  • Use moisturizer regularly on lips
  • Oral pilocarpine (Salagen) is the only drug approved by the FDA to stimulate saliva secretion from the remaining salivary glands.


RE: how long do these side effects last?

by puls81 on Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:00 AM

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I had most of these side effects while undergoing head radiation for brain cancer.  The dry mouth/throat has remined (almost 6 months since last radiation treatment).  The rest slowly sort of melted away a few weeks after treatment ended.  I had other side effects too from the chemo, but what you're describing probably came from the radiation (so says my doc).

Tyler

RE: how long do these side effects last?

by debnic76 on Thu May 26, 2011 08:31 PM

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On Sep 29, 2008 12:00 AM tj11106 wrote:

My last treatment was September 3rd, 08 and now I'm on the recovery trail, just wondering how long do these sign effects last...ex: not able to taste food,plus when I try to eat I feel like the food is stuck in my throat,yet I can swallow liquids...soreness in my throat that feels like a plain old sore throat from a cold...have this cakey taste in my mouth...now have dry throat, which I keep sipping on water. I hope someone can tell me something so I don't feel like I'm losing my mind over this recovery...thank you.

Tammy

Tammy,

I had the exact same thing!!  I had 10 weeks 5x weeek radio, and 1xweek chemo.  No never got sick or lost hair but they burned the@#$#@@% on my neck,-throat and back of neck- even though it was frontal 1,2,3rd degree burns,  Did you ever use a feeding tube?  I had one, no way!!  The cakey taste still lasts w/me 2010)  I HAVE TO have water in the car or store or I will freak.....u did not say what kind, but NO you will not lose your mind!!  They had to pull my teeth, etc.  I can eat most anything except chewy beef even tiny cubed, and it did (does) get stuck,  There are certain store bought breads and cakes that will cause that feeling,  trying experimenting w/dipping in liquid...and have you asked your Dr. even IF the cakey part will ever go away?  They told me that I may never taste again, or swallow- hence the sucky tube.. I purreed chicken breasts after cooking to my taste,  purreed baby carrotts w/ knorr boulion cubes,  I still use to much salt, just to taste-oh well, hungry,  at first even bannanas gave me that taste,  the dryness may last, but there is a saliva spray that works for a short while, it's minty( I do not like)  but works, it's called Biotene mouth spray w/salv. LP3 enzyme system.  Thanks for sharing your story, hope anthing I said helps.  By the way, are you still tired?

Debbie

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