Jul 13, 2009 - 8:52 am
Hi all out there:
Same topic different verse. As I mentioned before my husband has finished chemo and radition for head and neck cancer and got a fabulous report on his CT scan June 5; does not go back to the radiation oncologist until August 25 and the regular oncologist on Sept. 17. It is eight months ago today we received his head and neck cancer diagnosis and unfortunately, we're both still smoking. He has cut back and I will be drastically cut back when I start back to school as I don't smoke at work. My husband has limited himself to taking only 3 cigarette with him to work; two for after he eats and one for on the way home. Both oncologists have told him he has to quit which he says he knows he has to; and the pharmacist where he work has told him the same thing. All say that right now he's probably not hurting himself too much because he's still cooking somewhat, but he will be if he doesn't quit. My problem is I cannot understand for the life of me after everything he went through and we've been handed this gift, why would he risk blowing it? I know it won't be any picnic quitting but it will be in the long run not to mention the price of these things now! I have read that Chantix should not be taken if you've been exposed to chemo. His oncologist has said try the OTC stuff first and if that doesn't work, call him, they have lots of medicines that can be used. I'm just wondering if in the back of his stubborn head (and he can be very stubborn, but then so am I!)he's afraid this will be like when he quit drinking over 12 years ago. He damn near killed himself not realizing the physical damage he was doing; but he's been alchol free for 12 1/2 years! Yeah! The radiation oncologist told him when we first met him that he'd quit one bad habit that causes this now he had to give up the other one! We've bought the gum CVS's brand but haven't started it yet. Also, his taste isn't back yet totally and I wonder if he gave up smoking; if that would help make a difference. And as I have told y'all before I'm a total basket case when it comes to all this. A lot has calmed down since his treatments were successful. I just want him doing everything and me too that can be done to increase the chances no recurrence. And I can't push him too much about this. He told me yesterday, believe it or not he was getting closer; we have to put them down; for the first time Sat. while at work he didn't want to smoke; but made up for it at home. He doesn't chain smoke. There are times when he smokes more than at other times. One thing is, with his resting/sleeping schedule; he may go to bed at 7:30 or 8 and get up at 2 for awhile, drink coffee, play on the computer, watch TV, etc. I've told him he can't go back to his radiation oncologist on Aug. 25 still smoking, and I don't mean he waits till Aug. 24 to quit! Thanks for the sounding board and if there's any suggestions anybody can give, we'd love to hear them. We've both been smoking since college and will be 56 and 57 on July 27. Yes we have the same birthday (he's a year older than me!) Thanks a lot.