I am 2 weeks ahead of you, having now had 17 radiotherapy visits for laryngeal cancer. I got through the first 2 weeks with no pain or impacts. BUT over the weekend after the pain in my throat rapidly worsened, and for the last week swallowing has been very painful. I am now on 3 pain management routines, a skin patch that lasts for 72 hours, soluable panadol 3-4 times a day and liquid morphine, which so far I have only taken at night.
Night time is the worst, my throat dries out and when I wake swallowing is incredibly painful. Then some water moistens it a little, but I have been missing out on lots of sleep. I even tried a steamer in the room to see of that would help, but it doesnt. I have a week of treatments to go and figure it will continue to get worse. I think I will start taking the morphine more often, although it does make me feel a little weird.
I am still eating ok, I like my eating! I just choose foods I love, like ice cream (which is very soothing)but dont normally eat too much.
My skin has held up well, I put sorbolene on 3-4 times a day.
I would be interested to hear from others on how they managed the effects of RT on the neck.
How is it going for you now?
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I got diagnosed with stage 1 cancer of the larynx about a month ago, and am now in the final week of a radiotherapy course. It causes some really painful side effects and I was looking for advice from other who have been through it.
And I have never been a smoker, nor a heavy drinker, and am only 50 with young kids........
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