Feb 25, 2002 - 5:30 pm
My husband had two cancerous spots removed from his tongue in September 2001. In October a swollen lymph gland in the neck turned out to be cancerous. 8-10 weeks of radiation therapy was successful (waiting for a pet scan to be sure).
Now we are dealing with getting over the radiation effects. The skin just under his chin has become enlarged - the skin is loose and it seems like there might be some water retention. Has anyone experienced something similar? We're not sure if this is a normal side effect or something that should be examined by an MD.
I would also appreciate any feedback on recovery for RT in the mouth/neck area - aside from the usual dry mouth, etc. Also, what is the time frame that others have experienced for recovery? His RT was finished around the first week of Jan. and he still has persistant dry mouth. The side effects of the salagen were bad enough that he quit taking it.