May 08, 2013 - 4:11 am
Hi. I live in Sydney, Australia. I was diagnosed with squeamous cell carcinoma on my right vocal cord in 2005. It was in a very primary stage and was treated successfully with 6 weeks of radiation therapy. Although the treatment and immediate post-treatment period was very uncomfortable, my recovery was fairly complete with no major negative effect to my voice. Then 5 years later in 2010 (and this is hard to believe I know) ... i coughed up (into my handkerchief) what looked like a small round piece of flesh. Took that along to my ENT specialist and the pathology test proved it to be part of a squeamous cell carcinoma tumour. So it was back again, only in a slightly different part of the larynx. this time they operated and lasered out the tumour(s). Once again my recovery seemed complete without major deteriation to the my voice. Just as well because I am an ex-professional radio announcer and do a lot of community acting. Getting to the point of this post. About a year ago I began to experience sensitivity in my throat and nasal area that made me cough continuously and bring up stubborn phlegm. My ENT specialist has examined me throughly (this has done on a continous basis throughout treatment) and he said it was nothing to do with my larynx, that my cancer had not re-appeared. He puts it down to reflux and has sent me to a gastro-entorologist. The gastro specialist is treating the reflux with 40 mg x2 tablets per day of the proto-pump inhibitor Nexium but he also believes that the radiation has damaged my throat and reflux may not be the total cause of my symptoms. Certainly, the nexium seems onlt to be partially successful. I still have a great deal of throat irritation and coughing. Has anyone else experienced anything similar to this and is there something (in regard to treatment0 that my specialists have missed. Any information would be very appreciated.