Jul 12, 2008 - 10:17 pm
I was given Amiphostine 30 minutes prior to each of my 38 radiation treatments I received and indeed it did protected my salivary glands, right more than left since I received most of my radiation in the left side. I have been on remission for 14 months and I don't drink so much water as I did after treatment. I am able to eat steaks, pasta, chicken, rice and crackers. Amiphostine was recommended by both of my oncologists but they really did not guaranteed anything and I decided to go with it. After reading many messages on this site and others I consider myself a fortunate survivor. Not even a PEG tube was needed. Had a stage 4 left tonsill CA which did not required surgery. I recommend the use of Amiphostine for those who are about to start radiation. It has some sideffects but at the end it was worthy. Discuss this option with your Dr's.