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    vizslada,
    Thanks for your response. I intend to pray as both a means to heal and to calm my soul jut as you did, but I still feel so anxious, can you tell me what drugs worked best for the anxiety you felt in having the masjk in place?

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      Ativan works for me. I'm sure there's several to choose from. Call yourdoc before next treatment and they can phone it in so you can have it on board. I also took sleeping pill. All the help you receive will make this easier on you. Don't try to be a hero. They don't give medals for that. How are they managing your pain???

      over 4 years ago
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    I was wondering if there are others out there who have gone through the neck and throat radiation experience with the use of the aquaplast mask to hold your head in the correct position and how they were able to stand the maskbeing on so tight against their face for the time needed to get positioned and the radiation treatment completed. I really freaked out and had a panic attack after the simulation while they were doing the mapping CT scans for entering into the computer which will control the radiation machine? I'd appreciate hearing from anyone with the same experience and how they managed to control their anxiety. Thanks!

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      vizsladad

      I know exactly what you are going through. It is quite uncomfortable to be in the mask. As for me I prayed each time and tried to think happy thoughts. Also when I thought about the radiation going in me I focused on the rays healing me and making me well!! If you don't have any medication fir anxiety you should ask for it.

      over 4 years ago
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      The way i went thru the treatment with the mask was with God, guiding me each day, treatment by treatment. I did not want any anxiety meds as i drove myself to and from every treatment, 2 times a day and did not know how long the meds lasted.

      over 4 years ago
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    Radiation (External radiation ): This is what I begin in another week. I had the radiation simulation and kind of freaked out over the mask. I must be a lot more claustrophobic than I knew.

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    Procedure or Surgery: Definitely affected daily life for about two weeks due to effect of pain in throat and problems swallowing anything but liquids. Let alone side effect of drugs and drainage tubes from surgery which came out n another week or so.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): Had found a swollen lymph on left side of my neck, never suspected cancer until my primary care DR sent me for a CT scan. Results said I needed a biopsy for a complete diagnosis so I was set up with a Head and Neck cancer surgeon at Johns Hopkins. She did a needle biopsy and found it was cancer caused by HPV virus. Surgery followed on Dec 9, 2011 where she removed the lump and also the primary site (8mm tumor) in the back of my throat. Follow up will be radiation and chemo treatments for six weeks.

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