i am starting radiation in 1 week and would like some feed back from people who have used amifostine to help with slaivary glands
Hi there. I know a little bit about Ethyol, or amifostine. It was considered for my dad before he started his radiation therapy, but the physicians decided against it. Here's what I know about it. It used to be given IV and made a lot of people very sick; for that reason, many oncologists were turned off by it. However, it's my understanding that it's now given as an injection 30 or so minutes before you go for radiation. I hear the side effects (e.g., nausea and vomiting) are nowhere near as significant as they used to be with the drug being given as a shot. I also hear it is totally crucial that you drink a LOT of water if you receive this drug. I hope that helps. Best of luck to you in your treatment.
P.S. I solicited this group's input on this very topic on 4-12-07. If you scroll back through this Discussion Board, you should find their helpful replies.
How is the radiation going? I am well into my radiation treatments and I am getting ethyol injections each day, 15 min. prior to my radiation. I am on a 33 radiation and weekly