Jun 09, 2013 - 7:57 pm
My husband, 52, was diagnosed with HPV+ base of tongue cancer with a few lymph nodes in the neck involved. He finished 8 rounds of chemo (cisplatin) concurrent with 35 rounds of radiation. He is going to have brachytherapy on 7/9 at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. My question has to do with two specific side effects. Since finishing the last radiation treatment 5 days ago, he has been dealing with very thick mucous. Most of the time he can expectorate, but I was wondering if there is anything he can do/use to make it easier. Additionally, it seems the sore throat has intensified since his last treatment. He can barely swallow water, thank goodess he has a PEG, on which he has been relying 100% for three weeks now. He can hardly talk since it hurts so much. He is on dilaudid every 4-5 hrs and also a morphine patch. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this intensified pain after treatment was finished. Thanks!