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    Just started following this site. My friend and love was diagnosed with hypopharyngeal cancer in January. He had surgery one month ago to remove 2 lymph glands on the left side of his neck. The tumor board met and now they want to do radiation and chemo. Tomorrow morning we have an appointment with the dentist at the hospital. We live 100 miles away from the hospital and are concerned about the effects of radiation and chemo, and from reading everything, it looks like it would be wise to stay close to the hospital for treatment. Any advice?

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      Richardc

      Communicate, communicate ... The doctors have seen it all. My biggest problem was with the mask. They gave me medicines, but I was still claustrophobic. I searched the Internet, found out they can and will put holes where the mouth and eyes are. It helped immensely. The techs also had a CD player going. I requested, and they agreed to let me bring my own. It made the sessions more relaxing and less stressful. They never knew what music was next, 50s to country, to big band.
      This is a point where they are the ones in control. Try to maintain a positive attitude. You can get through this.

      almost 4 years ago
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    ableabe asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    Upcoming Surgery on 3/21

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      SueRae1

      You will be groggy and on painkillers for awhile. If it's outpatient you will be sent home after they give you something light to eat. You may want to ask if you can bring your own food, as I have found the options available are awful, cookies, crackers, coffee, and I rather not touch those. Other then that I recommend that you speak to your surgery team about what to expect

      almost 4 years ago
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      Clyde

      If it is outpatient, make sure you (or someone with you) gets a full explanation (hopefully printed) on any procedures to follow when you get home for drains, wounds, bandages, etc. Ask for all this in advance from your surgeon if possible. They are supposed to have it for you, but that doesn't always happen.

      almost 4 years ago
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      SMT4

      If you can take zofran take it as often as they can give it to you. Vomiting after head neck surgery is no fun at all. Its not fun after any surgery but especially head/neck it puts allot of strain and pressure on the incesion sites. So make sure you tell your doc before surgery you want that as part of post surgerical care.

      almost 4 years ago