Getting our bodies back into condition after cancer treatment is an important part of survivorship. Rehabilitation after cancer treatment can help us regain what we thought we might have lost and enjoy an enhanced quality of life. Our blog post today has some helpful information. Click this link for the blog post>>

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Dry mouth is a common side effect of treatment for head and neck cancer. Cliff shares how dry mouth has impacted his life after receiving radiation therapy. Learn more and watch a patient video here>>!

Why Is My Saliva (Spit) Important?

Saliva plays an important role in your overall oral health:

Cleans and washes away food from your gums.
Helps protect your teeth from decay.
Moistens your mouth and helps you speak, chew, taste, and swallow.
Fights germs in your mouth.
Helps protect the inside of your mouth.

The glands that make saliva are called salivary glands. These are the organs in your body that produce spit. The salivary glands sit inside each cheek, at the bottom of your mouth, and near your front teeth by the jaw bone.

Salivary Glands

How Can Radiation Therapy Affect My Saliva?2
Radiation therapy targets cancer cells but sometimes hurts noncancer cells such as those in the glands that produce your saliva.
The radiation therapy you receive for your head and neck cancer may damage the glands in your mouth that produce saliva (spit), resulting in dry mouth.3
Dry mouth can be a significant and harmful effect of radiation therapy in head and neck cancer patients.
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Dry Mouth?3,4
You may need to drink more water, especially when you eat.
It may be hard to chew or swallow food.
Food and liquids may taste different to you.
You may have problems with your teeth such as cavities, bleeding, or infections.
Your spit may look thicker and be brown or yellow.
Your voice may sound different.
It may be hard to wear dentures.
Dry Mouth Can Lead To Many Devastating Symptoms3,4

Cracked, dry tongue
Tooth decay & cavities
Patient Testimonial
Listen to Cliff share how dry mouth has impacted his life after receiving radiation therapy.

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What is ETHYOL used for?

ETHYOL is a medication used in two ways.

It is used to reduce your chances of kidney damage caused by cisplatin, a chemotherapy treatment, given for ovarian cancer.
It is used to reduce dry mouth (xerostomia) caused by radiation treatment given for head and neck cancer.
What does ETHYOL do?

ETHYOL (amifostine) is a protective medicine. This medicine is given into your vein intravenously. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

What should I tell my doctor before receiving treatment with ETHYOL?

Before you receive ETHYOL, tell your doctor if you:

Are taking a medicine called amifostine because it contains the same medicine as ETHYOL.
Have had any unusual or allergic reactions to ETHYOL, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.
Have a history of heart disease.
Have symptoms of low blood pressure or dehydration such as dizziness, fainting, nausea or blurred vision.
Are dehydrated or have trouble passing urine or experience a change in the amount of urine.
Are taking blood pressure medications.
Are at risk of low blood calcium (hypocalcemia).
Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, suspect you are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications and vitamins.
What are some important things I should know when I take ETHYOL?

ETHYOL contains the same medicine as amifostine. If you are taking amifostine, do not take ETHYOL.
If you are taking blood pressure medicine, your doctor may tell you to temporarily stop the day before your dose of ETHYOL.
You should drink plenty of fluids before ETHYOL treatment.
What side effects could occur with ETHYOL?

The most common side effects in patients receiving ETHYOL are low blood pressure, skin reactions, allergic reactions, upset stomach and vomiting, and low blood calcium.
Life-threatening or serious allergic skin reactions have been reported. These reactions could happen weeks after you start ETHYOL. Tell your doctor right away if you get any of the following:
rash, hives, skin lesions (blisters or peeling)
itching or skin swelling with or without fever
swollen lymph nodes
feeling like you have the flu
trouble breathing
throat tightness
swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
These are not all the possible side effects of ETHYOL. For more information and medical advice, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

You are encouraged to report the side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.

Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
The risk information provided here is not complete. To learn more:

Talk to your doctor or nurse.
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This is sort of what we do here every day. We can't kill your cancer, we can't take your nausea away, we can't make your pain meds work better, or even get them for you, you go through this, there is always someone here to give you an ear, and a shoulder. can we help you?

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Does anybody relate to this?

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We wish you all enough!

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A wish for all of you for better days ahead.

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This is a good idea to stay positive.

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I have found this to be true! I think about happy times, my loved ones, good times we have had together and the plans we have to go places and do things we love. Keep my mind on the good and off of the bad. I think I heard that here first, it works for me!

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