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    MerryMaid asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    Did you have your teeth removed before any treatments ever began?

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      valeriet

      Yes, before tonsil and neck cancer surgeries, they removed my back molars that would have been in the radiation field.

      10 days ago
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      My oncologist recommended me to go to my dentist before treatment. However, the dentist said all my teeth look fine. Didn't think about it until after treatment, I started having problems with my teeth and I had to go to an oral surgeon to have my tooth pulled. Bottom line, I wound up having osteonecroses of the jaw bone. Still dealing with a lot of pain. Wish my dentist would have said to pull them all before treatment. If I would have known then what I know now, I definitely would have had them pulled. Blessings to you.

      10 days ago
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      Lauraandmary

      Mom was advised to see a dentist prior to treatment and was incredibly lucky that her dentist had experience in head and neck cancers. She was sent to an oral surgeon to have some, but not all teeth removed prior to starting radiation to the head/neck. She was fitted with fluoride trays to protect her teeth (but were not helpful when the oral mucositis was bad) and was prescribed Prevident to brush with every noc before bed. Can you ask your oncologist for referral to a dentist experienced with head and neck cancer care? I have seen some patients state they also were fitted with an appliance/device to protect their teeth during radiation, but have no experience with this option.

      10 days ago
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    MerryMaid asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    My doctor warned me to be careful when swallowing to not get anything down the wrong way because it could cause pneumonia?

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      BarbarainBham

      If they do a swallowing test on you, that's what they're checking for. Anything that damages your swallowing muscles can cause that. To begin with, my mother was limited to certain foods, and they put a tasteless thickener in her liquids, which is available at Walmart Pharmacy.

      After that they put a feeding tube in her stomach and she couldn't eat. It may depend on the doctor's approach, because the geriatric doctor in the hospital said if she really wanted to eat something, to let her have some (re quality of life). Then when she went to the nursing home, their doctor said absolutely not. They like to keep things easy for them.

      18 days ago
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      @Dkatsmeow. Have you asked for or been able to try "swallow therapy"?

      17 days ago
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      Yes, aspiration pneumonia is what he is talking about. Swallowing something and getting it into the lungs, where it can cause pneumonia. I've had a swallow test and everything is still ok, I just have some issues due to surgery. Radiation is going to make them worse they say.

      12 days ago
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