Throat cancer radiation side effects

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RE: Throat cancer radiation side effects

by bamboosheri on Wed May 23, 2018 06:12 AM

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I need advice on a dire issue...Several months ago my brother began radiation treatment for throat cancer.  I don't know many particulars; we are on opposites sides of the country and talk only about once a month.    For the past month and a half, he's had the extreme pain mentioned by others in these posts, saw his doctor on 5/10 and was sent home with oxy pain meds.  My sister-in-law said his neck was black.  She called the following Sunday to tell me paramedics were called on Saturday to transport my brother to the hospital.  He had expelled some damaged tissue and his breathing had stopped, as well as his heart. Oral intubation was unsuccessful because of swelling.   Despite CPR, he was oxygen starved for 20 minutes and remains unresponsive. I am TRULY SORRY to mention this here and hope I am not creating fear for others in their recovery.  Just desperate for advice. This should have been recognized by his doctor earlier in the week.  I'm flying out to see him this Saturday, wondering if I should encourage my sister-in-law to seek legal guidance for malpractice.  

Thank you

RE: Throat cancer radiation side effects

by Suniltvmala on Wed Sep 26, 2018 06:00 AM

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On Oct 08, 2012 10:56 PM SanDiegophil wrote:

Hi Craviola,

I asked my Doctor if he would permit the removal of my peg at five months past my treatment since I had resumed eating orally. I relied entirely on my peg for my nutrition because it felt like I was swallowing razor blades when I would attempt to swallow even small amounts of water. It wasn't easy convincing my Doctor I no longer needed the peg, but finally he agreed with me. As Pop-Pop alluded to in his reply, we all have different time periods of recovery, your husband will no doubt get to a satisfactory level in due time. Take care. Phil

My father has laringyal cancer and had 3 chemo and 33 radiation..he had the ear pain has symptom. After the radiation treatment the ear pain is increased and oncologist told its by fluid collection while radiation. How it ll overcome?any suggestions pls..

RE: Throat cancer radiation side effects

by NeddyOllson on Wed Oct 24, 2018 06:43 PM

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On Sep 26, 2018 6:00 AM Suniltvmala wrote:

On Oct 08, 2012 10:56 PM SanDiegophil wrote:

Hi Craviola,

I asked my Doctor if he would permit the removal of my peg at five months past my treatment since I had resumed eating orally. I relied entirely on my peg for my nutrition because it felt like I was swallowing razor blades when I would attempt to swallow even small amounts of water. It wasn't easy convincing my Doctor I no longer needed the peg, but finally he agreed with me. As Pop-Pop alluded to in his reply, we all have different time periods of recovery, your husband will no doubt get to a satisfactory level in due time. Take care. Phil

My father has laringyal cancer and had 3 chemo and 33 radiation..he had the ear pain has symptom. After the radiation treatment the ear pain is increased and oncologist told its by fluid collection while radiation. How it ll overcome?any suggestions pls..

Hi everyone,

I am so sorry for what you all are going through.  My husband just finished 35 radiation treatments and 5 weeks chemo.  He started out thin and has lost 23 lbs because he cannot eat or swallow.  He tries to get the nutrition through the PEG but still loses 2lbs a week.  He is 6'1", 129 and I worry his body is getting weaker and weaker.  Any idea if there is a nutritional supplement that can help stop the weight loss?  Also, how has the radiation affected your voice box?  My husband rarely speaks.

Kind regards,

Neddy

RE: Throat cancer radiation side effects

by EDWARD123 on Wed Oct 24, 2018 07:00 PM

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On Oct 08, 2012 1:33 PM craviola wrote:

Thank you very much for your help.  One thing:  does the bad taste eventually go away?  Thanks.

i have gone thru the same thing and also a new tongue and its horrible to get around it ,,my toungue is so sentistisitve  that everything i try to eat is like a boiling piece of spice ,,and my tongue sences it right away ,,,i have to drink water to help cool it down  and all  thishas been going on for 2and a half yrs now and will not quit ,,,i still keep on losing weight ,now i weigh at 132,,,,,sometimes i feel like just giving up  and cashing in my ships  ,,and say goodby to all...i am also a disabled vietnam veteran with many other problems ,, such as [[AGENT ORANGE ],,good luck to u ,

RE: Throat cancer radiation side effects

by Proxielocks on Wed Oct 24, 2018 09:25 PM

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What caused the throat cancer? It has been almost 10 years for my husband. He cannot speak, and if he tries to he droolis. To much to explain I have repeated it on here so much that I just don't want to repeat it. It has been a nightmare for him.

RE: Throat cancer radiation side effects

by Janey6 on Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:36 AM

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Hello Neddy, My husband was in similar straights. Very thin. MD said malnourished. He had to have the PEG inserted and is gaining wt slowly. He uses Osmolite 1.5 Cal. It comes in higher concentrations 2.5 Cal. Before the PEG insertion, he was weak lethargic and looked awful. Muscle wasting due to malnourishment. His dietician from hospital has him on 2 cans of Osmolite 3 times and day and one can before bed. He uses the bag equipment to feed. It’s slower but better tolerated than bolus...too fast. Can your guy increase his intake by either more calories or more frequency daily.? Good luck to you. It sounds like he needs to be seen by nutritionist/dietician. Best regards, Janey

RE: Throat cancer radiation side effects

by Janey6 on Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:44 AM

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Edward, So sorry to hear of your painful eating experience. My husband used a liquid called Lidocaine. It’s transparent liquid that reduces sensation of mucous membranes. You’ll need a Rx from your MD or nurse. You paint the painful area with QTip before eating....it helps a bit. Best to you......cold foods? Janey

RE: Throat cancer radiation side effects

by Proxielocks on Thu Nov 01, 2018 09:50 PM

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Hi,  My name is Patty.

My husband gets a lot of mucus in the evening. He has sore gums. However, he is on a feeding tube and cannot eat any food so his mouth get very dry. However, he has the mucus really bad. He had stage 4 throat cancer in 2009. It has only gotten worst over the years.

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