• Experience with radiation

    Asked by jack0679 on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Experience with radiation

    I just finished 8 treatments of ABVD a week ago and will soon start radiation soon. They will be radiating the right side of my neck and mediastinum area. What is others experience with this? Side effects? It seems like it is going to be much easier than the chemo.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had Hodgkin disease twice 24 years ago, and was radiated in the lower jaw down to upper abdomen. Then 4 years ago had SCC, tonsil. I was radiated again in the neck/lower jaw. My biggest warning/advice is to be sure your teeth are in good order. And stay after them in upkeep. Not just brushing everyday, but after the radiation kills back your saliva glands you will have a dry mouth. Keep water with you to swish several times an hour. Wash out and brush after eating everytime, and go see your dentist or oral surgeon. Depending on how much radiation you will have, several treatment centers are now recommending to have teeth removed prior to treatment to prevent the possible side effect of Osteoradionecrosis. We ran a piece on this in our blog click here to see it. =>https://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/preventing-the-dental-side-effects-of-head-neck-cancer-treatment

      over 4 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I'm sorry, I can't offer any advice but I would love to hear more answers to your question if anyone else replies. Looks like we have the same issue (nodular sclerosing Hodgkin's lymphoma). My tumor is also in my mediastinum. However, I still have a few more months of ABVD to go (I've only finished 4 out of 12 treatments).

      over 4 years ago

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