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Mucous after Radiation for Throat Cancer?

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Old 04-06-2003, 01:58 AM   #1
Charles Lungren
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Post Mucous after Radiation for Throat Cancer?

Hi Folks, this is my first time here. In April of last year (2002) I was diagnosed with cancer on one of my vocal cords. Surgery removed three tiny dots and I underwent seven weeks of radiation. It's now eight months later but I often have mucous develope in my throat. After clearing my throat it goes away for a while but comes back. If I take a pill it gets stuck. I don't have to spit it up, clearing my throat and swallowing seems to do the trick.
My question is this; Does anyone know of a solution to this problem; Gurgling with salt water doesn't seem to help? Any advice would be appreciated. By the way I stopped smoking the same day I was diagnosed. Thank You. Chuck in Indiana

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Old 04-06-2003, 10:04 AM   #2
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Hi Chuck, glad you found this board, there can be a lot of good information passed back and forth.
My Dad has lung cancer and also they radiated his throat, he has a lot of mucous. Dad swears that lemon juice helps clear the mucous. He has a bottle of it and will put about an ounce or so in a bit of warm water and drink that. It works for him so hopefully this may help you.

Old 04-07-2003, 12:02 PM   #3
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Hi Chuck, I had to have radiation to my neck and throat area and had/have the same problem as you. I found that it happened all throughout the day but for me it was worse at night when I was trying to sleep. So I drank hot herbal tea with lots of lemon before I went to bed. I also gargled with a mixture of warm water, salt, and baking soda. That seemed to help me during the day.

Hope that helps you out a bit!

Old 04-12-2003, 07:15 PM   #4
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Pharmacists can be amazingly helpful with questions such as this one (and a whole lot more)! Besides over-the-counter remedies they know a lot of tricks of the trade.

Old 04-12-2003, 10:27 PM   #5
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Thanks so much for the info from all three of you. sorry we have to meet like this but at least we're here to meet like this. Have a wonderful day! Again, Thanks, Chuck in Indiana

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