Nov 13, 2007 - 12:04 am
My husband had stage 4 base of tongue cancer. They did not operate. He had 45 radiation treatments and 6 chemo treatments. They gave him taxotere and carboplatin. He lost some of his hair, lost his voice, couldn't swallow anything. before treatments started he had a chemport and feeding tube put in. He has been on the feeding tube since about week two. He had his last chemo Oct 18 and last radiation Oct 30. Tomorrow will be two weeks since his last radiation. Nov 7 he swallowed some chicken broth. That was the first thing he had swallowed in two months. During his treatment, he didn't have problems with vomiting. He had problems with constant spitting - he could not swallow anything. It was like sinus drainage but he couldn't swallow it. At one point he was taking pilocarpine because the salivary glands don't work. At this time he has quit taking that - trying to stop the drainage. It has stopped substantially. He still gets choked on it occasionally - but not as much. He is on a Fentanyl patch and taking 1 tsp of hydrocodone four times a day (approximately). We would like to know from others who have had this type of cancer - how long does the sore throat last? When are you able to start eating? Do the salivary glands start working? What about the taste buds?