Apr 24, 2002 - 6:07 pm
My cancer began on my right tonsil. It spread to one lymph node on the right side of my neck. I finished treatment 5 weeks ago; 6 chemos and 39 radiations in the neck area. I also have a peg tube for feeding. Before radiation, every morning, I was given a shot of Ethyol (sp?) which is supposed to protect the salivary glands from radiation. It's a relatively new part of the treatment. It made me as sick as chemo did. My question is has anyone had experience with this method of treatment which was radiation/chemo/Ethyol all at the same time? Also, it's been about 3 weeks since I've been in recovery "officially" and I'm no longer on pain meds for my throat but it still feels like there's a "ball" stuck in my throat. I've been told it's the healing process and that it's just tight. I have no appetite and it's uncomfortable to swallow. So, I use the feeding tube exclusively. Any suggestions or experiences would be more than welcome. Thanks in advance.