Oct 31, 2009 - 1:41 pm
I was diagnosed with a throat cancer (right tonsil) tumor in April. I had three chemo (cysplatin) and 35 rad treatments, the last of which was on July 8th. I had the PEG tube installed and for about six weeks that was my source of nutrition. I had the tube removed about a month ago. I kept up my weight during treatment but since the tube was removed I've dropped about twenty pounds. I'm gaining strength, able to exercise in the gym and am returning to work on Monday (part time). I had a PET scan this month that showed the tumor had shrunk from 5 to 1cm and was still contained - had not spread anywhere else. I doctors says it is still shrinking and will for at least six months after treatment. I don't have another doctor appointment until the end of November. I still am having trouble eating. No saliva production. Taste is gone. Eat lots of soup and drink lots of smoothies and ensure. Last week though, my throat started to burn again and feels swollen and raw on the right side. This is very similar to the way it felt at the end of radiation and for weeks after. I even went back to Magic Mouth wash to help with the soreness. I want to tell myself it's something I ate (I keep trying different foods). My doctor says this is a side effect of the radiation even four months out but of course, I'm worried the tumor is coming back. I'm concerned that the pain in my throat isn't getting much better. Has anyone had similar recurring throat issues? If so, what did you do? Thoughts?