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    Thank you guys for the tips. Greatly appreciated. These obstacles always seem to be such a lonesome period in life. I trust in the Lord to get me thru this, but it is not without bits of depression at times. I've had a liver transplant eleven years
    Ago, then kidney cancer three years ago and now this. I realize I am fortunate to be here and have such a good support system, but sometimes I can't help but think, why me again?

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    Rogerlawson29 asked a questionHead & Neck/Throat Cancer

    I am about to start a combo of radiation and chemo on my neck. Told I could lose 30-40 lbs. Any tips on how to make this a little easier?

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      I had radiation and chemo 24 years ago for Hodgkins, then again 4 years ago for head and neck, (tonsil) lost 50 each time. Radiation will give you sores in the mouth and throat so it's hard to eat/swallow. I started eating everything in sight when I was diagnosed, even before starting treatment, I knew it was coming so I started trying to pack on weight. Good thing too, as I did loose a bunch. Just try to eat as much as you can. My dr gave me a couple of mouthwashes to use to help with the sores, and to numb it a littel so I could swallow. Its miserable, but it will only last a while, then you will get better. I also lost my voice for a month, could only whisper. Hight calorie/hight nutrient drinks help too.

      Hope it goes easy and quick for you!
      greg

      about 4 years ago
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      I went through the same treatment but on my tongue too. I was given a feeding tube which sounds awful but helped me to not lose even more weight. I got down pretty low even with it. I don't know if it will help you, but I really wish I had tried to exercise my throat more by swallowing. I lost muscle in my neck and still have trouble swallowing. I lost taste completely for a while but it came back so don't get scared if that happens. I also wish I had known about suction pumps that the hospital can rent you. It sounds gross, but your saliva will thicken, and it kept me so extremely nauseated. Then, finally a really smart nurse figured out that I needed that, and it was a life saver!! Just drink as many protein shakes as you can. I also added vitamin powder from the health store when I could handle it. Good luck to you.

      about 4 years ago
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    I've just finished with my surgery to remove an infected tonsil and Lymph nodes. I am about to start a combo of chemo and radiation and I've been told this will be very difficult. I did not elect to have a feeding tube installed. I am a survivor of kidney cancer and a liver transplant recipient. I'm seeking any tips on making it thru this next stage. I was told I will likely lose 30 to 40 lbs.

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      KarenG_WN

      Hi Roger, welcome to WhatNext. I am going to suggest that you also consider posting this in our Questions section. You can do this by clicking on Questions in the purple bar above. All posted questions are directly routed to others who might be able to help. We are here to support you in any way we can.

      about 4 years ago
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