Jun 13, 2007 - 4:38 pm
I was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer - stage IV - in May '07. I had radical neck dissection surgery and both tonsils and tonsil bed(s) removed and a small portion of the base of my tongue. I had 22 lymph nodes removed from the left side of my neck - none were cancerous. I am undergoing 33 radiation treatments - burning both sides of neck, throat, and base of tongue. I receive an Ethyol injection before every radiation and I am receiving Erbitux chemo once a week during radiation. I have 12 radiation left and 2 bottles of chemo. I have been using my feeding tube 100% for 2 weeks with Ensure and water, and I have been accenting the hydration with infusions thru my port. As long as I stay hydrated, I am doing fairly well, other than the mouth/throat issues. Dry mouth, no saliva, much phlegm/crap. Can not swallow water due to throat pain. Miracle Mouthwash is the best relief, so far.