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    Radiation (External radiation ): Ay the very beginning of treatment I experienced dry mouth, sore throat and trouble swallowing food. I knew I would eventually have trouble with my thyroid since, my oncologist told me. I was never told I would have problems with my carotid artery which was pretty much fried with 3 months of radiation treatment.

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      I had treatment for Hodgkin's twice, the first dx was treated with chemo and ABVD, then the second was just MOPP. I had dry mouth and all of what you mentioned after that one. Some of the side effects went away over the years. Then in 2008 I was dx'd for a 3rd time. This one was SCC of right tonsil. Radiation again. This time the radiation destroyed what was left of teeth, saliva glands, and thyroid. Long term side effects have me struggling to swallow even after having throat dilation done. I also had a TIA due to a fried interior carotid artery. Radiation and cancer are the gifts that keep on giving!
      I hope you are fairing better.

      8 months ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Spleen removed, carotid artery replacement,thyroid removed): My spleen was the first to go when I was first diagnosed. This caused me to have a very bad immune system. Years later I had my thyroid removed and still struggling to find correct strength of thyroid medication.I think about 20 years later I had my left carotid artery replaced with a healthy vein from my right upper leg. I was also misdiagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012. I had all the symptoms of someone with a brain tumor. During surgery my surgeon touched the so called tumor and it ended up being a good size of puss. It was a brain infection that required a pic line directly to my artery in my heart.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Due to radiation therapy my thyroid was affected and my coratid arteries on both side of my neck have been affected. I have only half of my thyroid and I'm taking thyroid medication.

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      Lupem

      After having stent put in how do you feel?

      about 5 years ago
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      Lupem

      How long did it take to recover from surgery?

      about 5 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      For the stent procedure, I was up walking around that afternoon and went home the next day. It's a fairly painless and non intrusive surgery. Although it's a little scary and wild while having it done. You are awake so they can talk to you and monitor your condition. They will inject a solution that makes you get warm and see floaters and you flush bigtime, but after that is over it's no big deal really. That was about a year and half ago, no problems since, I go back and have ultrasound done on both sides of my neck to check for good flow. All is good.

      about 5 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): First surgery I had was a biopsy of my neck tissues, sure enough I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. 2nd surgery was about one month later and had my spleen removed and surgeon also checked my bone marrow and thank god there was no cancer in bone marrow.

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