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  • Sdurnell has replied to a post on the message board

    Be sure to check with your doctor, though, before you try anything during the time you are undergoing radiation.  My doctors would not let me even take vitamins because they don't know the effect.  The reasoning was that anything that's good for regular cells would be good for cancer cells, and cancer cells have the ability to use things more efficiently. But after treatment is finished I imagine this kind...

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      I agree with PopPop.  Your pain is liable to continue to get worse even a couple of weeks after radiation is over, so you want to get this under control. The meds, including Magic Mouthwash, can be used occasionally, but you can gargle with the soda and salt as much as you want.  It also helps with the annoying mucus. All the best, Susan

      August 17 at 4:46 AM view post
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        It's a tradeoff.  So if I have to have annoying side effects to get a cure, I'll take them. Can't they do anything about his occluded artery?  And it is important to get the carotid arteries checked if you have not. There are a few simple things you can do to help with the extra-low blood pressure.  Mine is usually around 100/65, but it has been much lower, during pregnancy and during and after radia...

        August 17 at 4:43 AM view post
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          Yes.  Some have another kind of anchor and require surgical removal, I believe.  And there are NG tubes that go in through the nose, and J-tubes that skip the stomach altogether and go straight into the jejunum. Susan

          August 12 at 5:33 AM view post
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            There are lots of things that might cause swollen lymph nodes besides cancer.   I don't know if it's possible it still could be cancer, but the biopsies would normally tell.  Mine weren't conclusive, so I had surgery to remove the swollen one and its mates, and that's when they found the cancer.  But if his came back negative I would think I'd be happy to go with that. However, it would be nice ...

            August 12 at 5:30 AM view post
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              Get a balloon tube.  They don't really hurt at all to get out;  I did my own, twice;  once was accidental, the other time on purpose.

              August 10 at 4:34 AM view post
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                I agree with John that you may be experiencing radiation fibrosis.  Mine is near the site of the incision for my modified radical neck dissection.  It's always tight and sometimes is painful or cramped as well. My radiation oncologist recommended gentle massage to relieve it.  Maybe it helps the lymph travel through the area, now that there are no nodes there;  I'm not sure.  I went to a PT ...

                August 10 at 4:29 AM view post
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                  Not only does your jaw have the lowest blood flow naturatlly, but radiation reduces that considerably.  Three months after finishing radiation I fell and split my chin open.  I didn't realize how serious it was because it didn't bleed, just oozed a little clear serum.  I ended up with ten stitches when I finally went to the doctor, who chastised me for not coming in earlier. So there is an expample of...

                  August 09 at 7:42 PM view post
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                    That's an unacceptable "side effect;" a feeding tube is to help her maintain nutrition, not vomit it up.  Is she able to keep water down?  If not, she will need to be given fluids.  If this doesn't clear up in a day or two, make noise at her doctors' offices! Susan

                    August 05 at 5:22 AM view post
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                      It's not recommended to have any invasive dental procedures (like extractions or implants) after radition due to the chance of having osteoradionecrosis of the jaw--bone death due to an infection that doesn't heal.  Radiation destroys many tiny blood vessels and that makes healing harder.  This is why we are all sent to a specialist to evaluate the condition of our teeth and have any questionable one pulled...

                      August 05 at 5:19 AM view post
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                      About Sdurnell

                      Patient
                      Head and Neck Cancer, Squamous Cell Cancer, Throat Cancer
                      Cancer Nutrition, Radiation

                      I have squamous cell cancer. A neck dissection showed one node positive (<3 cm.) and encapsulated. No primary has been found. I have no risk factors for this condition. Day after tomorrow I go in to have all my teeth pulled (my teeth are OK, but gums not so great). I will need five weeks of radiation, starting as soon as my mouth heals, and have been told not to lose any weight, even though I'm about 15 # overweight. Everyone is hoping I can avoid a feeding tube, but I'm not confident I can eat enough, especially without any teeth. I'd really like advice and support for this.

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