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    I received radiation and chemo in February and March of 2011 for cancer of the base of the tongue and am back to running. My advice is to follow doctor's orders and to stay as active as possible to minimize the risk of side effects other than the inevitable ones. Your feeding tube will be your best friend and will save your life so you will need to be comfortable using it. See a speech and language pathologist while you can still swallow because preparation may speed your recovery.

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    Side Effects (Skin changes): The radiation made my neck redder and redder and I was advised not to shave because my skin would be too sensitive. To this day, the only beard I have below my jaw is a narrow band in front. The skin on my neck was at its worst about two weeks after the end of my radiation. It was red and peeling and even if I washed it gently it would bleed a little. It did not hurt but the nurse who showed me how to wash it said most guys would have yelled.

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      I too have very little beard left. I have been using Bio oil on my neck since last year and it is surprising the great results. Please feel free to ask me anything. I am here for you.

      over 3 years ago
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