karenglowacki's Journey:

Family/Friend: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer > Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Male, Age: 72

  1. 1
    about 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Early this Spring, my father-in-law was diagnosed with nasal pharyngeal cancer. It sounded like a unique cancer - much more prevalent in Asia. But apparently it is has arrived in Florida. I ever even had heard of this type of cancer before.

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  2. 2
    about 6 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    I am nearly certain he is having external. There is a mask that goes on his face that helps with administering the radiation. The plan is 7 weeks of radiation, 5 days of week. As of 8/10/11 he is in the middle of week 4. It's starting to take its toll, and he is losing weight. Can't keep anything down and because the radiation is in his head/neck area, it is so hard for him to swallow. He may need to temporarily use a feeding tube to get proper nutrition.

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  3. 3
    about 6 years ago
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    Side Effects

    Burns. My father-in-law's face is so red and sensitive from the radiation. But Aquaphor has provided some relief.

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  4. 4
    about 6 years ago
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    Feeding tube

    Procedure or Surgery

    My FIL spoke with his dr about nutrition, since the radiation has been pretty harsh and its hard to swallow anything, and to keep whatever he can swallow down. The dr said he could try some other drugs. He said it would have a 50-50 chance of working. And the feeding tube would have a 100% chance of working. So my FIL made the choice to get the feeding tube. Not sure when this procedure will take place. I'm glad that at least he got to make the choice and that the choice wasn't made for him. I told him that when this is all done - and he has his sense of taste back, we are going to take a family field trip to Napa to celebrate with some fabulous food and vino.

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  5. 5
    about 6 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Hooray! Last day of my father-in-law's long and awful radiation treatment! Woo hoo! We still have to wait 8 weeks for the PET scan to see the results. But I am so grateful for this milestone and happy that my father-in-law can give his body a chance to heal.

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