I am 4 weeks out of radiation therapy, 35 treatments in all, and on the road to recovery. I have stage II, squamous cell vocal chord cancer, on the right side, and hope to God that I have beat this. I am struggling to eat food, and my tastes buds and salivary glands are not functioning, and all food is tasting bad and very dry, so I need to drink with each mouthful, which dulls any taste coming from the food. This is the worst part for me, as I have always enjoyed eating. I have lost 30 pounds since my treatment started, and try to drink Ensures to feed myself, but even they taste bad. Hope all of these functions return soon, so I can feel normal again. Saw my oncologist yesterday for the 4 week checkup, and he said I am doing very well and need to be patient as to the saliva and taste buds. I am really trying, and it gets depressing to try to eat something, only to throw it away, because it tastes nasty. I am wasting soooo much food right now, but, I know I need to keep trying. Wish me luck.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.