• Radiation/chemo

    Asked by Salical on Monday, October 29, 2018


    Lymph nodes in chest, surg not possible. 6 chemo and 16 Rad. Esophagitis, cant eat, stopped RAD, sent to hospital, 3 days, for hydration poss peg tube. Endoscope showed loaded with ulcers on esophagus and stomach. No peg tube.At home, 5 days later still cant eat. Possible chance of tube to small intestine. My onc on vacay, on call doc said consider quality of life. Pain in chest, esophagus, hard to relieve. Anybody else have any RAD in chest with prob?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had radiation to the neck/throat/jaw bone area in 2009 with the same problems you are describing. They wanted to put in a feeding tube prior to all of my surgery and treatments but I refused that saying that the last time I had a tube in my throat I gagged on it constantly. The surgeon was going to put one in my belly like you say is a possibility too. Luckily I had problems eating and swallowing, but not so bad that I couldn't tough it out and get through it. I was starting to think that my decision wasn't a good one though.

      8 months ago
    • Salical's Avatar

      Thanks Greg, I have to have RAD & Chemo together or it doesnt work. I too questioned my decision. But got off that track quickly. There has to be a way to help the severe pain. I think Rad didnt take me seriously when I said i could not swallow to eat. When he saw the weight loss in 3 days he sent me to ER. Hydrated, endoscopy, last Tues, just now starting to get Boost, broth down. Better days ahead!! Thinking positive!

      8 months ago

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