Oct 24, 2013 - 8:04 pm
My fiance was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in June. He started chemotherapy and radiation treatment in July. We're in our early twenties and this has been a scary journey for both of us. Everyone we have talked to who have gone through this said chemotherapy is the worst but unfortunately that has not been so for him. He is able to deal with the side effects of chemotherapy but the radiation to his neck destroyed his throat. He lost the ability to eat very quickly, and as a result he had to get a peg tube put in. He finished radiation treatment the last week of August and the doctors gave him a month break to recover. He started his second round of chemotherapy on Monday and everything is going as well as expected. However, he is still unable to eat and the doctors would like for him to start eating again to gain some weight. He will be doing a swallow study test next week and proceed with a speech and swallow therapist. He stopped eating the end of July and he is is very scared that it may take months before he starts to eat again and on top of that his appetite has returned and he's starting to crave food again.
Is there anyone out there that has been through a similar experience and could offer some advice on what lies ahead for him? How long does it normally take for these patients to start eating again after seeing a therapist? I know we will get some answers from the therapist next week but I was looking for some quick advice from persons who have gone through this personally.
Any advice that could ease his mind would be much appreciated.....thank you.