Jan 10, 2010 - 4:21 pm
I was diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer with no mestaseses in November of 2008. My oncologist and his team gave me 2 options: have 3/4 of my tongue removed followed by radiation or have intense chemotherapy and radiation. I chose the second option and as of May, 2009 I am cancer free. Before my treatment I had trouble eating and eventually had a feeding tube inserted. The tube came out a few weeks ago after 9 months of using it. I have lost 105 pounds since my diagnosis - fortunately I had lots of extra weight to start off with! My chemotheraphy and radiation ended last April but my mouth is still extremely dry and I can only eat if I grind my food and make it very moist by adding broth or gravy. I am unable to eat any kind of carb. My question is - will I ever be able to eat normally? My doctors seem divided on the answer so I hope you can help me. Thanks in advance.