Feb 13, 2010 - 10:44 am
I was diagnosed with SCC w/unknown Primary in Sept. 09. Had two triple endoscopies with multiple biopsies as well as a tonsillectomy with no primary found. Just the lymph nodes it had spread to. I finished 9 weeks of induction chemo with taxol & carboplatin 3 weeks ago and will begin chemo (cisplatin) w/radiation on Monday.
Because of the unknown primary, I will be receiving a much wider coverage of radiation: Basically, everything from the sinuses to the throat. The RO insisted I have a PEG placed before starting treatment. That has been an experience, but I guess I'm starting to get used to it.
My questions are: I am supposed to have amifostine injections before rads. Has anyone had them & do they help at all?; and, I've heard nausea & cisplatin go hand-in-hand. Is this an immediate thing or does it take time? I made it through 9 weeks with no nausea. I'm a little paranoid about dealing with it now.
Thanks for any help you can give,