Apr 22, 2008 - 8:47 am
I am 40 year old male diagnosed stage 3 base of tongue cancer in January. I was treated by 42 radiation treatments in 30 days and two full weeks of chemo. Sysplatin followed by 5FU. (sp?) Week 1 & 4... Judging by many of the emails I've read I am doing OK and most of my complaints are typical. I am actually ahead of the game on swallowing and can drink freely, soft foods can be swallowed but taste and lack of hunger is more of a problem. I lost just under 60lbs. I finished my treatments just over two weeks ago, April 4th.
As soon as I can tolerate 5 ensure shakes a day thru mouth the peg tube is gone. Right now I am up to 2-3 daily thru mouth. Taste, texture and thickness all that is preventing all 5 from going down. Sometimes it's just too thick and easier to use tube.
One thing I did not see was any of the physical problems with the rest of the body. I literally can only sit up a few hours a day and maybe an hour or so of slow walking and mobility. I am exhausted.
Is this typical? and what did most of you experience.
Also I have a ringing in my left ear and my ears in general have pressure, did any of you experience that?