Nov 22, 2012 - 10:17 am
HI all. Sorry if this is a repeat but I can't find a specific thread/post.
We are in week 5 of 7 of radiation with 3 chemo cycles for tonsil cancer, Stage IVA. Steve's 2nd of 3 chemo treatments was Nov. 12th and he has barely had ANYTHING to eat or drink since due to nausea. He's gone in for IV hydration 3 times. He's tried Compazine, Zofran, Ativan both via oral and IV and hasn't had relief. Last night, he went for an acupuncture treatment. He's down 15 lbs and was already thin to begin with. He has a PEG but since he's nauseated, he's not using that either. The hospital gave him Ensure and Instant Carnation for the calories but he didn't tolerate it well and, like some of you have posted, those are empty calorie drinks without much nutrient content and heavy on the dairy which makes the saliva thicker, which leads me to the 2nd part of the post. Oh and a RN yesterday gave him a Rx for a Fenergan suppository which he may be using this weekend. Back to the saliva...
I'm wondering if part of the nausea is being caused by the thick saliva from the radiation. He's rinsing with a salt/peroxide/water rinse as directed but without much relief. I'm searching for help and haven't found much other than the usual - eat small meals, rinse, etc.
Anyone here find something that worked/helped? Thank you for ANY words of advice. I made him the Magic Mineral Broth from here last week but he hasn't tried it yet.