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    Here's a new trial I saw for folks who've not had successful treatment. https://www.tipifarnibtrials.com/signup/?SQF_SOURCE=HNCAenews&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=476ed988-c7ce-42e4-8da3-44b69b071f18

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      Danny, How are things going for you?  Have you seen an ENT yet? The only symptom I had was a swollen lymph node in my neck.  Sometimes more symptoms mean less disease (meaning not cancer). Susan

      May 16 at 8:31 AM view post
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        Lymphedema is a problem for those of us who've had neck dissections (removal of lymph glands) due to throat cancer as well.  Since it's in the neck, pressure garments are not an option.  This treatment sounds positive for breast cancer patients, and I hope that it might transfer that benefit if used for head and neck patients as well.

        May 09 at 4:30 PM view news story
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          I didn't have this problem with my radiation treatment, which did not need to be immediate, but I have had it with things that should be routine and have had medication problems because of it.  I can imagine what a nightmare it must be for cancer patients for whom time is of the essence, and for their doctors.

          May 09 at 4:26 PM view news story
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            Marcia, He and his doctors should consider esophageal dilation.  It's a simple procedure usually done under sedation, but the first one or two can be pretty tricky with a complete closure like this.   I had a complete stricture of my upper throat due to radiation for throat cancer and could swallow nothing for months.  My first couple of dilations were not successful, but the doctors took pictur...

            May 09 at 4:21 PM view post
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              Danny, It's been more than three months since you first posted.  Do you have a yes or no as far as a cancer diagnosis yet? Susan

              May 08 at 1:29 AM view post
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                Sometimes head and neck cancer can be cured with surgery alone, and sometimes with radiation alone.  Sometimes radiation is used with surgery and/or chemo.  Those are the only proven ways to cure our cancer. All the best, Susan

                May 04 at 4:04 AM view post
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                  How much are they able to do on their own?  It sounds like otherwise they may be fairly independent. Use prepared meals that only need to be heated on the stove or in the oven or microwave.  Stock their freezer with purchased frozen meals.  (They might even need a bigger freezer, like those small chest types.)  Instant oatmeal, hearty canned soups, fresh fruit and frozen vegetables are also good....

                  April 25 at 5:45 PM view post
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                    You might also want to post this in the head and neck cancer section, as that is more active and may yield better results. Susan

                    April 25 at 5:37 PM view post
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                      Has he been screened for signs of osteoradionecrosis?  Has he had any recent dental work done?  Those could be places to look. Best of luck to you both. Susan

                      April 25 at 5:36 PM view post
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                      About Sdurnell

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                      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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