External radiation - Richardc

Radiation Associated with Squamous Cell Sarcinoma. Posted on September 24, 2012 View this journey (11 Experiences)

Being under "the mask" I found out how claustrophbic I really was. I was scheduled for 7 weeks of daily radiation or a total of 35 rounds. This was performed concurrently with the chemotherapy. Initially, food started to tasted like cardboard and eventually metal. By the middle of my radiation treatments, I was having difficulty swallowing. Different mouthwashes and pain medication allowed me to swallow some foods. It progressed to the point that I could only swallow liquids and had to depend on the feeding tube inserted through my stomach to get sufficient calories. I strongly suggest having the radiation doctor put a "hole in the mask" where the mouth is to allow fresh air. It helped the radiation process. Also, get a feeding machine instead of trying to do this manually.

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