Nov 05, 2010 - 2:54 pm
I need some advice for a friend - he was just diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer from smoking/drinking. I guess the treatment will be lots of radiation and some chemotherapy. As you all know, he and his family are in shock and, quite frankly, terrified. I've read a lot of your posts and am grateful for the advice I've already read and sent the tips on to my friend. He will have a feeding tube put in. My question is this: the doc has decided that all (I think all) of his teeth need to be pulled and pulled before radiation begins. Why would they not try to save his teeth? Does anyone have any idea why they want all of his teeth pulled? That sounds extreme to me. I know a lot of you have recommended flouride trays - I passed that along and have encouraged them to press the doc for a solid explanation. I don't really know if the doc actually gave them a good reason and maybe they were just unable to hear and absorb everything all at once or not. I just really haven't seen any references to teeth being pulled on this discussion board. Thanks so much for any help you can offer.