Sep 26, 2012 - 6:20 am
My husvand will be starting chemo and radiation early next week. We see the drs again tomorrow and he will be fitted for mask. Due to his surgery at BOT, . his swallowing is not 100 percent yet...Probably about 75 percent at this point. I know that cisplatin can increase swallowing problems when combined with the radiation. Cisplatin is the drug the oncologist told us we would receive. My question is this....less swallowing side effects with Cetuximab, therefore, are we able to request the Cetuximab instead of Cisplatin?
I really feel like he will have permanent swallowing problems with Cisplatin based on his current situation and the location of radiation that he will receive.
Thanks for any advice.
Also, one more question...do you think I pretty much will need to stay home from work during the treatment course of rads and chemo, especially since he will probably be getting a feeding tube. I have FMLA and am able to but just wonder what others have had experience with.