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    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I noticed an article here on the blog page about suicides in cancer patients. It's everywhere and we need to do our part to try to recognize those who are quietly suffering so we can help them.

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      My wife and I just talk about this on how I understand how they could get to that and how if it could be seen before they take that way how great it could but recognize those who are quietly suffering is very hard unless you see them or talk to them every day...

      9 days ago
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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's Avatar

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

      2 months 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.

      2 months ago
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      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.

      2 months ago
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