• Rads side effects?

    Asked by Loafer on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Rads side effects?

    Anyone else with dry cough and dry mouth as SEs for breast cancer? I started with a slight sore throat on day 2 and can feel it in my throat each tx even though the are not radiating this area.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Did you have surgery before rads? I had a sore throat for about 6 weeks after surgery because of the breathing tube they put down my throat during surgery.

      over 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I had dry mouth for a couple weeks during radiation. The radiation oncology nurse and doctor both reassured me that it had nothing to do with the radiation. I also started a new cardiac medication at the same time so it could have been from that. Either way, it cleared up after a couple weeks. So, I don't know if I've helped answer your question or just confused the issue further!

      No matter what, make sure you keep your mouth as moist as possible. A dry mouth can lead to all sorts of dental problems, no matter the root cause. I would mention it to your radiation oncologist.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      There could be many unrelated causes for your symptoms but use lemon drops to keep your mouth hydrated, and sometimes hard candy will help with a cough but if it is a dry cough. However, if the cough continues and you cannot find the source, ask your physician for a prescription for Tessalon Perles...it is the best for a dry cough and very cheap as it has been around for many years. Best of luck to you. It is important to keep your mouth hydrated or the little saliva left in your mouth will harden and become as hard as a kidney stone and block the glands under the tongue, and you want to avoid that if you can and lemon candy always increases saliva production, Carm.

      over 4 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      I had the dryness but no sore throat. But, my ear on that side was feeling clogged. I'd drink lots of fluids and keep hard candies on hand to moisten your mouth and through. Lemon or Mint worked best for me. It should pass after a bit. Best of luck, Deb

      over 4 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      Thanks everyone! The radiologist insists dry mouth and dry cough is not related to Rads. I'm not convinced. I will go back to using biotene toothpaste and start sucking on lemon drops!

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I am proud to be a lemonhead (not a sourpuss)!!! I have been one for years, Carm.

      over 4 years ago
    • Xmom7's Avatar

      I had a sore throat about the 4th radiation session that continued until 4 weeks after by last radiation treatment. I had a dry cough ( I called in kennel cough) about 8 times a day. The radiology group said it wasn't from the radiation because it was at the breast, not the throat area. Just like when your baby gets a runny nose and sometimes a fever when teething, and the doctor says that it doesn't have anything to do with it. Or a fever after getting shots. No explanation, no reasoning, I think it just happens.

      over 4 years ago
    • LindaWheat's Avatar

      My denstist suggested biotene tooth paste and oral rinse.

      about 4 years ago

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