Radiotherapy threatment - Anyone

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Radiotherapy threatment - Anyone

by ritchie2016 on Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:11 AM

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My best friend had the first stage of cancer removed on the floor of his mouth a month ago. He also had neck dissection  and flap re-contruction. The operation went well and thank God that the cancer has not spread via the lymphnodes. But they want to make sure that the all the cancer cells is killed and recommend 6 weeks of radiotherapy.

Questions;

- Anyone had the same radiotherapy? Any advice for me as the care giver.

- What can I use when his mouth become dry?

Im so worried and concerned and I know this is a very tough journey.

RE: Radiotherapy threatment - Anyone

by PopPop on Tue Apr 19, 2016 01:03 PM

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Richie, 

I apologize for the late reply, but this site has been whacky for the last couple of weeks. I will try to answer your questions as I had 30 Radiation treatments. 

His mouth will get dry and may get blisters and sores. The Doctors can give him a script for "Magic Mouthwash" which will take the edge off of his discomfort. I didn't know about this as the Nurses told me to use a solution of Baking Soda and Salt to gargle and rinse with which I did as often as every 20-30 minutes if I felt the need to.

I used products from Bioteen to help keep my mouth/throat moist, they can be found at Target or most stores. I used the Bioteen Mouthwash, Dry mouth Spray, Toothpaste. There are other products out there and others may suggest what worked for them when they post.

 I found that if I drank fluids, mostly coffee for me with some cream in it at room temperature, it seemed to help keep my mouth moist. Anything I ate or drank, was at room temps for me.

My Best to Both of You and Everyone Here 

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