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Mouth sores from chemo Thank you for the responses!

Dawn50
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Joined: Sep 2011

Does anyone have suggestions on how to help the mouth sores from chemotherapy. My husband just had his third round of Alimta and he says everything he eats seems hot or spicy and feels like it's burning his tongue and mouth. Tonight I looked in his mouth and there are tiny blister like things coming out on his tongue and inside of his cheeks.

To update you, the Alimta has shrunk the metastised cancer but hasn't done much of anything at the origianl site at the center of his chest. His cough continues to sound horrible and he still isn't sleeping much because of it. I think we have both settled into a routine of medicines, breathing treatments, doctor appointments, chemo treatments, and sleepless nights. Once this round of chemo is complete, in about nine more weeks because he gets one treatment every three weeks, they will give him a break for about six months and then another PET to see what's going on.

Still here, still working 8 months after diagnosis.

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ColoradoDani
Posts: 65
Joined: Sep 2011

There are definitely ways to help the mouth sores. He should rinse with water and salt or baking soda several times a day. Here's a little more info: http://www.chemocare.com/managing/mouth_sores_due_to_chemotherapy.asp My husband did this and kept it under control Glad a rest is coming up--sounds like it's well-earned. Congrats on going 8 months...

grannylove
Posts: 183
Joined: Apr 2011

is supposed to be pretty good for a rinse. I am surprised that the onco never recommended something in advance. I am sure you will get alot of suggestions from this site. Stay strong Dawn. I know the journey has been a bit bumpy but praying for success. Blessings. Cheryl

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