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Old 11-29-2008, 08:35 AM   #1
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Question Neck and Throat Cancer

My husband was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer last month. He underwent surgery to have the cancerous lymph nodes removed and they determined that it originated at the back of his tongue. He is scheduled for radiation therapy and chemo with cisplatin. We have a lot of questions about how "bad" it's going to be. My husband is worrying about how much weight he might lose. The doctor told him that if he loses 20 pounds, they will insert a feeding tube. He really doesn't want one but is wondering if he should get on ahead of time (just in case). The doctor said it would be better if he got one before therapy started. We would like some feedback from someone who has undergone this procedure. Is it the nightmare it sounds like it is going to be?