Hi All. I am a 53 year old father of a 3 year old who was diagnosed in November last year with HNSCC, stage 4, unknown primary. I just completed 6 weeks of radiation and chemo about 3 weeks ago. I have been following the many helpful posts here--many thanks to all.
The treatment was simply hellish, especially the last several weeks, although I am beginning to regain some energy and get out of the house. I have a PEG from the beginning, and have not really had any food by mouth for about 1 month. Anything and everything burns, I think due to Thrush, which keeps coming back.
I have been exploring some alternative approaches, as well as research trials (in case the radiation and chemo does not kill this--i have another scan in about 3 months.
Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself, say hello, and many thanks to all.
Mike (from USA)
Welcome and I hope you are doing well!
You might like to check out this booklet we have on complementary therapies, there are a lot of good suggestions in there.
And I noticed you mention you have a 3 year old, I have a 3 year old as well. This book on talking to kids about cancer is incredibly helpful and you might be interested in this Australian podcast about explaining cancer to kids.
I hope we'll see more of you about here
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