External radiation - Maryglen

Radiation Associated with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer. Posted on September 7, 2012 View this journey (5 Experiences)

He started radiation. This is when it really got hard. They make a mask that is fitted just for the patient. It starts half way up their chest and covers their face. It is fitted tight so they cannot move at all. Then you are on the table for 10 minutes without being able to move. The treatment is not painful. The recovery is. My husband did not do well. He lost 60 pounds. I had some of the local restaurants work with me on coming up with things that might be easy for him to swallow. Do not be afraid to reach out to anyone and everyone for help. Also know when to step up. Being the caretaker can some times make you the bad guy. His pain got so bad that we had to take him to the ER. My husband is not one to complain so when he woke me up at 3:00 AM I knew it was bad. We got to the ER. A strong male nurse came in and suddenly my husband was no longer in pain. I asked the nurse to step outside. I told my husband that pain was not a sign of weakness and that he is burned from the radiation. I talked him into taking a shot. He was really glad I did and finally got some sleep.

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

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