Oct 02, 2007 - 3:44 pm
Hi I am new to this board and I am looking for some information regarding post treatment recovery. My mom was diagonsed with head/neck cancer back in June and since then has had 1 tonsil and several lymph nodes removed and has undergone Radiation Therapy and several weeks of Erbitux treatments. I am very happy to say the surgery went extreamly well and she handled all 6 weeks of the treatment without any issues and didnt miss a day. No PEG tube she has managed on soft/liquid diet (lots of ensure) and only lost 15 pounds (just a note she was 15-20 pounds overweight initially). The docs are a bit amazed at how well she has done, which is always a good thing to hear. Ok, now here is where we need some input, after her last day of treatment, she developed a really bad rash/burn all over her neck and chest. Shes really itchy and sore, and generally very uncomfortable. Shes using Aqua-phor which helps but the itch is driving her nuts. Has anyone experienced this after treatment and how long should it take for the rash/burn to heal, or at least be less annoying. I appreciate any information that you may have.