May 17, 2009 - 7:49 pm
I am in my first week of treatment for Stage II nasopharynx cancer. Everytime during IMRT radiation, I notice a pungent and foul odor. I haven't smelled it before, however, I can best describe it as trash / burning blood. I have asked the docs and the attendants about it. I haven't gotton any reasonable explanation. The attendants told me that some people do complain about an odor. I wanted to see if other people on this forum had a similar experience. The odor is so strong that it makes me uncomfortable and sometimes nauseous. It is usually the strongest right after the machine makes an initial noise. It subsides afterwards. I try to breathe out during the time and end up hyperventillating. What I'll like to know is that if the smell will go away after a few treatments (or perhaps my sense of smell will go) and if there is something I can do to avoid it. Thanks.