vocal cord cancer

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vocal cord cancer

by patsygirl on Fri Sep 27, 2013 01:29 PM

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My husband just finished his 17th treatment of radiation this morning. Finding it hard to swallow or talk very painful even swallowing water is very painful. He is starting to feel nauseous and very tired just wants to lie down and sleep.  Is this the norm with radiation the nausea and tiredness ?

RE: vocal cord cancer

by PopPop on Sun Sep 29, 2013 02:31 PM

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Patsygirl,

Yes, fatigue is one side affect of the radiation. Unfortunately, the radiation also causes a slow burn to our tissue, so what is happening on the outside of his neck is also happening on the inside as well.

A few things that may help your husband is the Baking Soda and Salt solution that the Nurses told me to use during my treatments. I started with 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda and 1 teaspoon of Salt in 1 Quart of room temperature water mixed up. I would sip a bit of the solution, gargle and srinse with it and spit it out.

Sometimes, I would retain some of it to swallow and let it go down my throat for a bit of numbing. I also increased it to 1 Tablespoon of each around week 4-5 and continued for several months after treatments ended.

You can also ask his Doctors to write a script for "Magic Mouthwash". I was unaware of this solution when I went thru my treatments in 2004.

I only felt nauseous a few times during my radiation. You may want to ask about the anti-nausea pills also.

My Best to Both of You and Everyone Here

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