• We just found out my husband has throat caner and cancer on his tongue.he has to get a feeding tube where does it go?

    Asked by Floridaguy on Saturday, October 22, 2011

    We just found out my husband has throat caner and cancer on his tongue.he has to get a feeding tube where does it go?

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    • ButchersWife's Avatar

      Hi, my husband also had tongue cancer-2X and now has a cancerous tumor on the coratid artery. He had a feeding tube twice-once with each surgery on his tongue. The tube was put through his nose, down the throat and into his stomach in order for him to get the proper nutrition.

      about 5 years ago
    • Floridaguy's Avatar

      Thank you for the information.He goes to the docs in the morning.We are very nervous.the doc said he was in stage4 of cancer and i asked what stage is that he said the last stage.they game him 5mg of perk and he didnt want to take it he hates meds but asked for one last night.Its getting real sore and his tongue is swelling.I know we have a rough time ahead of us but pray we can beat this.again Thank You for you responce.Linda

      about 5 years ago
    • lovinglife7036's Avatar
      lovinglife7036 (Best Answer!)

      Sorry to hear about your condition:
      I was diag. in Oct of 08 with Head & Neck Cancer it was stage4
      on the base of my tounge and covered 2/3 of the area,and in 3 lymph nobes, my ent doc said surgery was not a option.Went thru agressive treatment with radiation and extensive Chemo treatments have been free since last treatment in March,2009.It is very hard to go thru this but it can it can be done.I must say with God all things are possible. Keep a fighting and humble spirit and stay in prayer and i will stay in prayer for You and your family.
      Any questions do not hesitate to contact me.

      about 5 years ago
    • mac101467's Avatar

      Sorry ofr the bad news. Be strong. I had a feeding tube inserted directly into my stomach which turned out to be the best thing because of the chemo and radiation. I had the tube removed 3 weeks ago and am eating soft foods and look forward to a real meal. Tell hubby to use this as incentive. :) I did and my wife makes me lots of cakes now until more solid foods work.

      about 5 years ago
    • leer34's Avatar

      My father was diagnosed earlier this year, had the surgery to remove lymph nodes and radiation and chemo....had the tube put directly into his stomach. He has no problems with it, wasn't a huge deal to have it put in and he does all of his normal activities (we even played golf yesterday). I pray for you both that you beat this!

      about 5 years ago
    • KarenG_WN's Avatar

      My father-in-law (also a Fla. guy) is fighting nasal pharyngeal cancer right now. He had a feeding tube inserted into his stomach and it really has been a good thing for him, as it has helped to ensure he could take in some nutrients and give his throat a chance to heal. Now his chemo and radiation is all done, and he's ready to get rid of the tube. His doctors want him to wait just a little longer. Right now he can swallow smoothies and some soup. But he has done fine with the tube. He's ready to eat real food again, that's for sure!

      Good luck!

      about 5 years ago
    • Floridaguy's Avatar

      Thank You all for the answers it has helped him calm down a liile. He goes to the hospital monday to get the feeding tube .Linda

      almost 5 years ago
    • jksatx's Avatar

      In abdomen just below ribcage on left side,mine was done with twilight sleep,I was concious when they did it.Very little pain.

      over 4 years ago
    • doriefish's Avatar

      My husband has had two types of feeding tubes. One that went into his nose, down his throat, and into his stomach. These kept coming out. When he went to have another put in he couldn't swallow it due to the mouth sores from his radiation. So he had one directly placed in his abdoman. Either way, he does much better with one in. Good luck

      about 4 years ago
    • makssoud's Avatar

      The tube goes in his stomach. However, make sure that a surgeon is going to perform this surgery. When my dad had it done, they found out that his stomach has turned in a way that the tube needs to be inserted through a deeper cut but the doctor who was performs this kind of surgery wasn't available, and the one who was suppose to insert the tube wasn't an expert. So my dad had to go through the surgery twice. It isn't complicated but the feeding becomes a task and someone has to be available around the clock if he can't do it himself. A machine is available also, if you choose not to do it manually. At the hospital or his doctor should be able to explain it better. A dietician should also be involved especially if he he is diabetic. Good Luck!

      about 4 years ago
    • Glenn's Avatar

      I did have a feeding tube and the entry point was near the top portion of the stomach - center of my stomach about three inches above my navel and two inches below my chest

      about 4 years ago
    • Bill's Avatar

      Mine was inserted into my stomach area.

      about 4 years ago
    • loafingroae's Avatar

      Sorry to hear about your diagnosis my husband has had a feeding tube for a year his doctor let is choose of he wanted one down his nasal passage or one put in by surgery close to his belly button straight to his stomach. We chose the second because he was getting Chemo and radiation and it was making his mouth very sore. We also knew that he would need it for quite some time. It was a very simple quick surgery and the feeding tube has been a blessing he can put fluids in when he doesn't feel like eating or drinking and he does all his meds through it due to his throat being affected.

      about 4 years ago
    • bocadunes123's Avatar

      My feeding tube was inserted above your bellv button, painless to jnsert and take out. I had stage 2 tongue and stage 4
      I my treatment was chemo radiation and surgery. I'll be very honest with you is wan't easy but but all of the team did a great job . now i am 4 ples years cancer free and feel great. If i can be any help to you just let me know.
      GOOD LUCK,

      about 4 years ago
    • crabtrjt's Avatar

      I had this cancer, this is IMPORTANT, as the others have told you, make sure the feeding tube goes into the stomach, I had a friend with this same cancer also, and they put the tube up through his nose, can you believe that? I could not. You will get through this, just takes time, for me about 4-5 months and I am cancer free. Make yourself take the 8 cans of Insure liquid, as this is all you will be able to consume for a while, I lost 53 lbs, and started making myself do 8 cans a day, then things started turning around. Well, my fiancee made me take the 8 cans. God will get you through this! Tim

      about 4 years ago
    • jojo63's Avatar

      in your stomach. you will have a thin tube coming out of your stomach. when they take it out they just pull it out

      almost 4 years ago

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