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Old 04-23-2006, 01:17 PM   #1
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Throat Cancer question

My husband has throat cancer and as a result of the radiation he has
dry mouth and an extreme amount of mucus. The mucus causes
him to gag and have problems swallowing, so he needs to be fed through
a feeding tube. He had 39 treatments which were finished Feb. 23, along
with two rounds of chemo. He also had a radical neck dissection on
April 3.
My question is how long should I expect this to continue and how
soon should he be able to eat on his own? He is becoming more
depressed because he feels he isn't making any progress.

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Old 04-25-2006, 04:00 PM   #2
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Re: Throat Cancer question

You should ask his onocologist about Mucinex for the excessive mucus in his throat. The tumor maybe causing his difficulty swallowing in addition to the radiation. Good luck.

Old 04-29-2006, 03:10 PM   #3
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Re: Throat Cancer question

Recovery for radiation to the throat is a slow process. Tell him not to get discouraged, it will come slowly. Mucinex is a great idea for the mucus. My friend had throat cancer and after radiation it took a good 3 months to really be able to eat.During the first 3 months, he had soup, mashed potatoes & eggs...whatever would go down.Taste also took a little while to come back. If he can't eat alot, have him supplement with boost, he needs calories for recovery.Depression is also very common.Maybe his doctor can prescribe something for him to help with this or maybe a cancer support group. It took my friend approx. a year to feel normal again. He is doing well now and is almost 2 years out of treatment although weight gain is slow.Be patient, I know it's hard at this point. Good luck & I hope this helps!

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