Nov 17, 2009 - 8:28 pm
My brother was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma in 2000. He was treated at Sloan Kettering by means of chemo and radiation,he did not choose to have the radical neck dissection or surgery. The treatments itself was very grueling and very intense at times where he would get radiation treatments three times a day. He actually got the most radiation they could give a person. Thank God, today he is cancer free but because of the extensive treatments he now has problems with his jaw, he can't open his mouth wide enough for the dentist to work on his teeth and some of his teeth are also effected by it. From my different research I have found that the treatment had restricted the blood flow to the jaw which now is a problem. Again in my research I have read that there is a treatment called "hyper-barric Oxygen treatment" which at this point I know my brother will try anything. He gets botox injections to which is supposed to help with the muscle spasms and pain, which they do, but of course when it wares off, he back to the spasms and pain. What I would like to know, is this the kind of treatment, hyper-barric oxygen the kind of treatment that he should look into further and will it help his problem. Again i realize not all treatments will help everyone but reading some of the comments by people who had this treatment, they seem pleased and it appeared to work for them. I hope I covered everything and if you need more info please let me know.