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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Hi, I should have added ... My brother has SSC in neck, not throat, but very similar area. He is 70 years old and has had an accute and lifelong fear of doctors, dentists, and basically all medical treatments even including blood tests. When he first was diagnosed (this started as a BCC on his lip), they wanted to do a biopsy. He was terrified. After the biopsy they decided to remove the BCC, but as he had left it so long before seeing the doctor, it was a much bigger surgery than we expected. That was 4 years ago. Since then, an SCC became apparent on his neck. He has been through all manner of treatments, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, scans, blood tests etc for the treatment of this. His feat of these treatments disapperared very soon after treatment commenced. I think the staff at the hospital were so kind and understanding, and with repeated exposure to different therapies, he just learnt toi tolerate then very quickly and very well. But I am still amazed when I see him casually drop into pathology for a blood test! I hope your husband has a similar experience, and wish you both the strength and courage to go through this journey together, and with all the love you have.
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