| | New patient...a couple RT questions.....
Hi, I was diagnosed with Acinic Cell Carcinoma a couple months ago, I guess it's quite rare but having something rare doesn't make you feel any better. It's Cancer of the salivary (parotid) gland and I have had a partial parotidectomy and am now 1/2 way through 33 radiation treatments. I just have a couple questions for those that have been through this......
The worst part for me has been the loss of my taste, I have no desire to eat anything. I know that proper nutrition is very important in fighting cancer but I simply dont want to (actually detest) eat. Are there any foods that are easier to get down? I can only manage to drink apple juice, even water tastes horrible.
The doctors tell me this loss can last for a few months after treatment ends, does this sound about right? I'm in for some serious weight loss if it is.
I apologize if this seems trivial, and I'm sure it does compared to what some of you are going through. But this is the hardest thing I have ever faced (the loss of taste) and I'm having a very difficult time with it.
My prayers go out to all of you in your (or your loved ones) fight, my thanks go out to anybody who replies to this.
Scott in IL
[This message has been edited by ACC in IL (edited 06-13-2003).]