External radiation - burtgoldin

Radiation Associated with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer. Posted on September 10, 2012 View this journey (5 Experiences)

Radiation is the worst kind of torture I can Imagine. I was radiated from my sinus to my collarbone 5 days a week for 6 week, a total of 29 treatments. At one point all the skin peeled off my neck in sheets and my wife had to rub silvadene cream into the wound to help the blood coagulate and so I wouldn't ooze blood everywhere I went. A mesh mask was made for me so that my head would be in the same position for each treatment. There were 4 holes for bolt saround the edge of the mask and my head was bolted to the table for each treatment. Above me there was a fluorescent light fixture with a beach scene as it's cover. After 2 weeks I asked for it to be turned off so I could have the treatment in relative darkness and the techs allowed my request. Radiation was a horrible experience. 6 years later the back of my throat is still red as a result, I've lost all but 5 of my teeth due to chronic dry mouth and I still experience pain that keeps me from eating normally. But I'm still standing

Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree

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