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gerddy
Posts: 19
Joined: Mar 2005

Hello,
I have undergone reconscrutive surgery of my tongue because of cancer. It has been 4 months and I am cancer free and completed radiation therapy.

I have two problems. First, I have very thick saliva and a lot of it. Does anyone have any sugestions to help with this problem. I am working again and this is very inconvienent.

Second, I need to have some therapy done to make the transistion to a somewhat regular diet. My surgery was at UofM and it would be to difficult to mantain therapy that far. Does any one know of someone to help with this in the Detroit area. Anyone in the 586, 248, or even 313 area code. I live about 30 min from Detroit.

Thanks,
Gerddy's husband

AuthorUnknown
Posts: 1564
Joined: May 2006

Hello,

You may want to consider contacting the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center. Cancer Information Speciailists are available 24 hours a day and may be able to assist you with your questions.

Take care and be well,

Dana
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gerddy
Posts: 19
Joined: Mar 2005

Hello,
I feel your pain. My husband has gone through a terrible deppresion. He even started using achocol again after the doctors told him it would probably kill him. This is a very difficult transition for a man. I found the best thing I started doing was to quit mothering him. It sounds cold but if they are able to get up and aroung it is their choice to continue life. I therapist will be able to help both of you. Your husband will need someone special and you your own...
They have to morn their own way. Try to give him the time he needs and as much as we love them let them make their own decisions. Remember a lot of the decision making things in their life has been taken away right now.

My husband is in counceling and went back to work. He is still drinking some and is also on paxill for depression. I have backed out of his discesions and pray that he will find his way. The less I do the stronger he becomes.

P.S. I have had a double masectomy with stage 3 cancer. Presently I have Chemo and radiaion will soon follow. This all happpened in the mist of his illness. Please take care of yourself.

gerddy

Loristeve
Posts: 2
Joined: Apr 2005

My husband had the same surgery March 31st. Plus a partial on the roof of his mouth & tonsils removed. Dr's told us they got all the cancer. He has been home two weeks and all he wants to do is sleep. He's on a peg tube & a trac. He's lost 13lbs in 3 weeks. He cares not to "feed" or do anything in the way of supplements (enzymes)I have to "nag" for him to feed or let me feed him. His pain has subsided and he is healing. But he won't even try to eat by mouth. I am beside myself. I don't know what to do, if there is anything I can do, to snap him out of it.
He won't walk outside for fresh air or sit in the sun a bit. He goes from kitchen to bedroom and back again.
If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. My heart aches for him. God Bless

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