• How long

    Asked by Yorkleeann on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    How long

    will it take to recover once my husband completes chemo/radiation? What will recovery look like?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Each of us takes the treatments differently, and it depends on the type of treatment he is receiving. For me, it was shortly after treatment stopped I started feeling just a little better each day. Small victories I called them. All of a sudden I could taste something, I didn't hurt somewhere anymore, these things start to happen. After a couple months I felt pretty darn good. But still not back to where I was pre cancer. For that matter, I'm not back yet, probably never will be back to where I was, I am 4 years out of treatment. I have accepted the fact that some things will never be the same. But I am good with that.
      I hope he does well!

      almost 4 years ago
    • xxx19xxx's Avatar
      xxx19xxx

      HI LEEANN.......MY EXPERIENCE IS WITH HEAD AND NECK AND LYMPH NODE CANCER AND TREATMENTS..................IF THIS PERTAINS TO YOU, AND I HOPE IT DOESN'T, THEN LET ME KNOW AND HOPEFULLY I CAN HELP YOU......HAVE A GOOD DAY AND GOOD LUCK.

      almost 4 years ago
    • mac101467's Avatar
      mac101467

      I agree with GregP. I am 18 months post chemo/radiation and I am not anywhere I was before getting sick. I am here and that is the best thing of all. My little issues will continue but I call them quirks now and I have come to terms that this is the new me and slow advancement is just fine. Be patient and start a log and see what changes happen and you will both see, it may be slow, but it will happen and before you know it, things will get back to where he and you will be happy. Best of luck to you both.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Richardc's Avatar
      Richardc

      I can answer for head and neck cancer - for myself, but we're all different. It took six months before taste buds started to recover. As for physical recovery, it took p.t and exercise. We all find a new normal in life. I've learned to focus on the positives, rather than what I can't do. Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Yorkleeann's Avatar
      Yorkleeann

      Thanks for your responses! It seems consistent that there will be a "new normal". Glad to hear you all are eating. That's one of my husbands fears-never eating again. He fantasizes about food. There is guilt from me when I eat in front of him. I try to view it as a motivator? Anyway, we are 7 zaps in; 28 to go.

      almost 4 years ago
    • mac101467's Avatar
      mac101467

      Yeah, eating.... I remember one day when my wife and daughter ordered a pizza. They felt so bad, but I told them that it did not matter as to what they were eating, as long as they didn't punish themselves at my expense. That being said, I really missed that pizza then. hahahaha. Your husband will see that eating will come back, albeit slow, but it will come back.

      almost 4 years ago

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