• need help in making an informed decision in order to go forward. What type of treatment to expect. Lost of weight of over 50 pounds so far.

    Asked by sgrathke on Saturday, April 13, 2013

    need help in making an informed decision in order to go forward. What type of treatment to expect. Lost of weight of over 50 pounds so far.

    painful to eat. Break out in a sweat while eating and have chills when finished. Should there be a second opionion and does anyone have any suggestions who to contact. Live in wisconsin , could travel to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Also jaw on right side is painfull, seeing dentist on Tues, april 16.

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      There is some stuff calledc miracle mouthwash that should help with the pain while swalloing and eating. Your Drs should be able to perscribe some for you. As for a second opinion that is always a good idea when dealing with advanced cancer and you have the right idea ;ooking at places like the Mayo clinic. I would do a little research and find out which Drs are doing the research on your type of cancer and seek them out as they are tghe most likely to be able to help. Also be aware that some Drs and clinics offer virtual concultations for 2nd opinions to reduce the need for travel so if the besty Dr is someplace other than the Mayo clinic that may help. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      Magic mouthwash can help with painful swallowing. So can a mixture of salt and baking soda, 2:1, 1tsp. to 1cup of H2O (8 ounces). Also, try eating milkshakes, ensure, and soft foods like mashed potatoes that are easier for the throat that also have nutrients in them. Good luck & don't give up!

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and if I can be of service to you in helping you understand anything, let me know. If you want to correspond privately, I can send you my email. I live in neighboring Illinois. I think it is a great idea to see the dentist. He might be able to shed light on the problem. Sometimes it is just a salivary gland that is clogged. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • WesMallory's Avatar

      These sound like pretty normal symptoms. I finished radiation treatments nearly a year ago and am still having issues with the things you described. I lost 80 pounds, still having a lot of throat discomfort, painful eating, etc. I guess we just need to be patient. (pun intended)

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had SCC, of my right tonsil, had that tonsil taken out and a margin cut around it. After that surgery I was on liquid only for a while, took a few weeks for it to start getting to where I could get mashed potatoes down. I lived on them for a while. A month later I had a radical neck disection , which started me all over with the pain and not swallowing. The painful swallowing was terrible after I started radiation. I lost 50# due to the pain and just not eating. I did drink a lot of milkshakes and used ensure as others have suggested. It kept me from losing too much.

      I also lost my voice for a month after the radiation. It takes a little while to get over, some of us take longer than others to recover. I still have issues from side effects.

      Hope you get to feeling better quick.

      over 4 years ago

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