CSN Login
Members Online: 17

nasopharyngeal cancer

lautry
Posts: 1
Joined: Jun 2003

My husband was diagnosed with this in late March. He is currently undergoing radiation treatment and chemo. I would like to hear from some people who have had this cancer; specifically how long does it take to recover and what is the "worst" thing about having it. Thanks.

cbecker
Posts: 89
Joined: Sep 2002

My husband was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer last March of 2002, it was in his piriform sinus which is just behind his voice box and the opening of his esphogus. He had 40 aggressive radiation treatments and went thru hell. His throat will be dry the rest of his life but they did get rid of the tumor. Thought everything ok. He also had a feeding tube from May thru December. He was just starting to get better Feb. 2003 and his elbow starting hurting. Went back to MD Anderson and his cancer metastasized to his elbow and lungs. They took care of the bone cancer but they couldn't his lungs (12) tumors. He is having chemo back home here in Topeka, Ks. HE can not be cured but they are doing chemo for better quality of life and longegivity. It depends on what type of cancer your husband has and how everything effects him everyone is different. If you need more help and would like to visit more. email me mktgintl@inlandnet.net Good luck and God's prayers are with both of you. Hoping to hear from you, Candy

cbecker
Posts: 89
Joined: Sep 2002

My husband was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer last March of 2002, it was in his piriform sinus which is just behind his voice box and the opening of his esphogus. He had 40 aggressive radiation treatments and went thru hell. His throat will be dry the rest of his life but they did get rid of the tumor. Thought everything ok. He also had a feeding tube from May thru December. He was just starting to get better Feb. 2003 and his elbow starting hurting. Went back to MD Anderson and his cancer metastasized to his elbow and lungs. They took care of the bone cancer but they couldn't his lungs (12) tumors. He is having chemo back home here in Topeka, Ks. HE can not be cured but they are doing chemo for better quality of life and longegivity. It depends on what type of cancer your husband has and how everything effects him everyone is different. If you need more help and would like to visit more. email me mktgintl@inlandnet.net Good luck and God's prayers are with both of you. Hoping to hear from you, Candy

sajjad
Posts: 8
Joined: Jun 2003

I had it and had to undergo intense radiation and chemo during July-2000 to Feb-2001. It was right on the voice box and spread to a secondary tumor on the right side of my chin. The tumors are gone and I am trying to lead a normal life. The worst thing about the whole experience is lack of support from people you usually depend on. I could never imagine the sense of treachery if I did not have that cancer. Close support from family and friends is vital to survive, else one has to draw strength from inside self. It was hell for sometime, but I am getting my bearings back slowly, and I know better now. Hope this helps. Even writing this gives me some strength.

JohnG
Posts: 12
Joined: Apr 2003

I was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer last October. I've had chemotherapy and rediation, and I completed those treatments in March. So far, things look all clear, but I have some on-going infection, fungal growth, and necrosis in my nasophrynx, which complicates things. All I can say is that every month since March has been better than the month before, and the healing process is slow but it improves month by month so you eventually feel better. I never had anyone to tell me how recovery would likely progress so I'll be glad to tell you how things have evolved for me over the last year (I'll give you more detail than you probably want but I would have wanted as much detail as possible). I have been back to work for several months now, I have nearly all of my taste back, my nasal swelling is reduced from the months before but not completely healed, I have adjusted to the dry mouth, I can eat a fairly normal diet provided that I drink a lot of water with my meals, my hair is still patchy where I received radiation but it appears to be getting thicker, I'm still grumpy and don't have all the energy I used to have but things are generally headed in the right direction. For me, the worst thing has been the loss of play time with my chldren due to the lack of energy I experienced after radiation, but that has greatly improved over the summer. Getting off the pain and nausea medications seems to have expedited the healing process. If there are any questions I can help with, please feel free to contact me.

John

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network