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    VictorbutleAY asked a questionGallbladder Cancer

    Whick would you say is worse, chemo or radiation? Compare the initial treatment to the long term effects on you.

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      NeckCancer

      Radiation is easier for me and initially not many side effects. We will see what time brings though.

      14 days ago
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      Radiation is definitely easier. With proton therapy, you shouldn't have long-term side effects either because they can control the depth that the radiation beam penetrates. You're fortunate to have proton therapy available to you.

      14 days ago
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      I had surgery for left tonsil remnant which was treated with a partial neck dissection and tonsillectomy for squamous cell cancer and six weeks later 30 radiation treatments.I did not have chemo but, the radiation burned my neck and was very uncomfortable towards the end of treatment. I also lost the hair at the back of my neck and it grew back just fine. I also had lymphadema for weeks after the therapy.

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    VictorbutleAY asked a questionGallbladder Cancer

    Who has experience with hospice care?

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      We had hospice for my mother-in-law in 2004. They were affiliated with the hospital where she received her chemo and were fantastic. I don't know what we would have done without them. The nurses took care of the medical side and a social worker got her to go out a few times. They were so kind. My MIL was not one to like strangers in her house but she loved them coming so that say a lot. She only spent the last two days of her life in the hospital because she needed IV pain management. My daughter and I were with her when she died peacefully in her sleep.

      2 months ago
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      My mom had been in a nursing home a couple months, then had a stroke. She didn't go on hospice care immediately. It wasn't until she made it quite clear she was ready that we started hospice -- she started refusing her meds, refusing to let the nursing staff take pulse or other small tests like that. I asked her if she was ready to have hospice come in. She said yes. Even though she was already in a nursing home, hospice care gave that many more eyes watching and folks visiting. She had a nurse, a social work, a volunteer and a pastor. The minister would come in and sing w/her -- she really liked that. She lasted about 2 months once hospice started. I was called in about 3 days before she died. She was mostly unconscious by that point (I have guilt on that because I hadn't visited the weekend before except to drop off laundry 'cause I was sick as a dog and didn't want to get her, the staff or other residents sick - go figure!). I ended up living in her room those 3 days and was at her bedside when she passed.

      2 months ago
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      BuckeyeShelby Forgive yourself for not going to see your mom when you were so sick. You did the best decision with the information you had at the time. I wouldn't have gone if I was very ill either. You knew her immune system was compromised and it would have risked her health and that of others. You were there when it counted and I'm sure she knew it.

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