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    HI GEORGIA,
    YES......i WAS A HEAVY DRINKER AND SMOKER FOR 40 YEARS PRIOR TO MY ORAL CANCER........ONE THING I HIGHLY RERCOMMEND......CHANCES ARE YOU WILL LOSE YOUR SALIVA GLANDS, LIKE ME AND IT'S A NIGHTMARE. THEY HAVE A WAY NOW TO COVER OR PROTECT THE SALIVA GLANDS FROM THE RADIATION....PLEASE ASK YOUR DOCTOR OR ONCOLOGIST ABOUT IT. TRUST ME, YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOUR SALIVA GLANDS......I'VE SUFFERING WITH IT FOR OVER ONE YEAR NOW............LOTS OF LUCK AND KEEP IN TOUCH

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      Thanks for sharing, I have never been a smoker and drink very very little so not sure where this is coming from - high stress job (that oddly I don't want to take a leave from) but other than that always been healthy. I will for sure ask about that. Worried about surgery and what will happen on Monday. Thanks again

      over 3 years ago
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    HI GEORGIA........I BEAT THE SAME CANCER LAST CANCER LAST YEAR....NOW IT HAS SPREAD TO MY LUNGS, BUT IF IF I COULD HELP IN ANY WAY, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME.......BEST OF LUCK.........BTW, I HAD 7 ROUNDS OF CISPLATIN CHEMO AND 33 SESSIONS OF RADIATION.....IT WAS A NIGHTMARE, BUT THE OUTCOME WAS GOOD

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      I do have a question, were or are you a smoker? Or drink alcohol? I keep hearing it is a nightmare and I have a long road ahead of me, I am scared. I have surgery on tongue and neck Monday. Not sure when I will start rad and chemo....

      over 3 years ago
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      I experienced the same problem. I drank lots of water and sucked on lemon drops which seemed to help stimulate my saliva glands. I also used the biotene products Chris talked about and avoided anything which contained alcohol.

      about 4 years ago
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      Like all have said, water, lemon drops, Biotene. Unfortunately, the radiation wreaks havoc, but the benefits outweigh all. I am 1 1/2 years post treatment and it hasn't gotten better, but it is something I have gotten accustomed to.

      about 4 years ago
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      Like everyone else, I have been suffering with dry mouth for two years. All you can do is learn to live with it. I use Bioteen spray all the time not only for the dry mouth but for the horrific taste in my mouth. I have gotten prescriptions from my doctor, but nothing seems to work.
      I understand how you feel. Just hang in there. Lois Starr

      about 4 years ago
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