May 12, 2003 - 3:06 pm
In March, I completed six weeks of chemotherapy followed by seven weeks of radiation for nasopharyngeal cancer that had metastasized to the lymph nodes in my neck. My last check up was good (CAT scan, MRI, chest x-ray, and blood work showed no cancer). I am very excited and grateful about my progress, but I still feel completely without energy to do daily activities, my sinuses are so swollen from the radiation that I can no longer breathe out of my nose, and my throat remains so sore that I cannot eat much except smooth soups. Does anyone have any insight as to how long these symptoms are likely to last? My kids (2 and 4 years old) and my very supportive wife (and my business, too) need me back now, and with all my great news, they expect me back now, but although I'm more than ready to move on, my body apparently isn't. Any thoughts on how long these symptoms will last would be greatly appreciated.