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    grsmith asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    It's been 4 months since my last chemo treatment,7 months since my last radiaton treatment ,how much longer will these side affects last?

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      IKickedIt

      Tracy has it right. What side effects caused by which drugs/treatments? And every person reacts differently to every drug/treatment. A WhatNexter who had the same diagnosis and treatment as I had totally different side effects. We got together and discussed all our issues and found it so interesting how differently our bodies reacted to the same exact treatment. So it will be different for every person.

      Some of my side effects resolved immediately while others have lingered and I am approaching my 2-year anniversary of my last treatment. As Tracy said, one can psychological as well as physical problems. I never had lingering psychological issues, but my physical issues will probably never resolve completely.

      Just stay on top of them and talk to your doctors about them. I have had several health issues over the past few years that have taken many months to diagnose...all either directly or indirectly due to the chemo. I recently had GYN problems which my oncologist at first didn't think were due to the chemo, but my GYN said he has seen many times in women who've received chemo. So he decided to be a bit more proactive in doing tests rather than taking a "wait and see" approach.

      Although I do get frustrated, it's the new me and so I'm a bit more beat up than I ever thought I'd be at this age. But I'm here and I'm cancer-free.

      over 3 years ago
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      The most severe side effects go away a few weeks after stopping treatments. But, others will linger for some time (neuropathy).

      over 3 years ago
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      grsmith,

      Hope all is well. Your question reminded me of an article we have on the site with a lot of WhatNexter input on the toughest side effects of cancer. Perhaps you will find it interesting. There are a few suggestions on how to deal with some of the common ones.

      http://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/dealing-with-some-of-the-toughest-side-effects-of-cancer

      Best of luck,
      David

      over 3 years ago
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    grsmith asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    Side Affects

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      thestarr

      I have two years this month. I still have dry mouth, difficulty in swallowing and a metallic taste in my mouth. I asked my doctor how long does this last. His answer was sometimes it goes away in time and sometimes it never goes away. So I just take one day at a time because thats all we have anyway.
      Just hang in there. What side affects are you having? You didn't say in your post.

      almost 4 years ago
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      My dry mouth is still with me after 4.5 years and will never get back to normal as my saliva glands were killed in the radiation treatments, I don't have bone pain, but I suspect that was from your chemo treatments. Others will most likely have some more info. for you.

      almost 4 years ago
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      My treatment for squamous cell was radiation and chemo. The dry mputh doesn't go away. I just drink more water with my meals to help the food go down. The metallic taste eventually went away, but it probably took a year to get back towards normal. We are all different in how our bodies react and recover. I gradually got to the point I could even taste and enjoy salsa and other spicy foods. Hang in there.

      almost 4 years ago
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