Jul 25, 2004 - 1:55 pm
My mother is in her late 70's and was diagnosed with SCC of the tongue. She had removal of the tumor and margins on her tongue along with a neck dissection in Dec. 2003. In late January, she began 33 radiation treatments of the tongue, neck and lymph nodes. She has dry mouth which wakes her up frequently during the night. She eats pureed foods and alot of milk products. She is constantly drinking water. From March through mid-June, I saw her begin to get energy and an interest in her hobbies. Then in June, she began complaining of feeling very tired and lethargic. It is now an effort for her to get up and eat her meal. She has thick phelgm in her throat again. Upon a scoping exam, the doctor says that there is no evidence of cancer and that she is healing. The doctor has also run blood tests for thyroid, anemia, and electrolytes. He is also treating her for depression. She has started complaining of feeling "sick to her stomach". Has anyone experienced this months after radiation? What else should I be looking for or doing with mom?