Hi Ma Not sure I really have advice, just wanted you to know that my husband is also in the same position at the moment - nearly 6 weeks through 7 weeks of daily radiation and 3 rounds of chemo for HPV at the base of his tongue. He has been so positive and doing so well and then this week it has really hit him, eating has become impossible and even drinking is now very difficult. He is retching at night from the mucous and of course is terrified of actually being sick, as that would be so very painful. He gargles a lot with soluble panadol and the Peter Mac powders the hospital provided. He is also reliant on medication to sleep, as it is used to sedate him to get through wearing the mask for radiation every day (he is acutely claustrophobic), I have to say I am very worried how he will manage once the radiation finishes and so does the sedation, as it is at the weekends he hardly sleeps at all. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that "I hear you, I know how hard it is watching someone you love go through this brutal treatment, and if you want to chat at any time Id be happy to" Good luck with everything and if you get any useful responses to your post, I would be keen to hear about them too R
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Has anybody recently been diagnosed themselves or their loved one has been with throat cancer? there appears to be so much frightening information about the radiation treatment and associated side effects online, Im so glad he is not reading it, but I cannot help myself My husband is acutely agoraphobic and could not deal with the mask being made a couple of days ago, he is due to go back and have it done under heavy sedation tomorrow, but I really dont know how he will manage to wear the mask every day for 7 weeks, this seems to worry him more than anything else about the treatment, having that mask across his face, neck and chest is his worst nightmare! Any encouraging remarks, advice, things that worked for them or their loved ones in this situation would be truly appreciated .....
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