My brother finished chemo and radiation Aug. 5th 2009,almost 3 mos. ago for base of tongue cancer & one neck lymph node. They don't see any cancer. PET scan is Nov. 6th. He is 51 yrs. old.
He still has severe throat pain, even with the pain medications. Cannot swallow--They say his windpipe won't close, and he's seeing a swallowing therapist. He is coughing or spitting up blood, and also dealing with the thick mucus. More & more depressed, but won't talk about it. We catch him crying. Very irritable with his wife.
Obviously--His doctors are not anwswering our questions. They say this is "normal." I want to know why these things are happening, and anything we can do to relieve any of these problems.
Thank-you in advance for any help with this. None of the family has ever been through anything like this. I look on the internet at times, but it's been very hard to find answers to these specific questions.