Aug 25, 2008 - 1:58 pm
My father was diagnosed with stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil (T3N0M0). He is 61, and never smoked a day in his life. The doctors opted to forgo the surgery, and instead are giving him radiation twice a day for 5 weeks. It will be the beginning of week 3 tomorrow, and the side effects of the radiation are finally showing themselves. He is unable to eat (but has a feeding tube), his mouth is dry, and he doesn't sleep at night because of excess mucous production. I was planning to move to London England at the end of the month, but am going to wait until I know that my father is ok.
Has anybody gone through radiation treatments twice a day and have any advice? My father has never been an emotional person, and has always been a big talker, but the past few days has said nothing when I've seen him - something which I find very hard to handle. So far from previous posts I've read that Mucinex, Amifostine, and a humidifier are all things to be explored... but anything else I should get/research??