Oct 25, 2013 - 3:51 pm
Hello, I have been reading the discussion boards for a couple months now but haven't posted anything. I can tell from the posts that is a very informative and welcoming community. My husband was diagnosed with HPV Positive throat cancer to the left and ride side of his tongue at the base and lymph node involvement on both sides of his neck on 7/28/13. They staged his cancer at Stage IV due to lymph node involvement. It was decided not to have surgerg but two rounds of Chemo of Taxotere/Cisplatin/5FU with the possibility of a third round. After chemo, he would have 35 rounds of radiation.
His last round of chemo was on 9/16 and he is feeling pretty good right now. He had a PET scan at the end of September and the tumors were between 30% - 60% smaller (different sides reacted differently to the chemo.) His oncologist decided not to move forward with the 3rd round because he ended up in the hospital for 5 days after the first round with a fever and after the second round he was diagnosed with a bacterial lung infection. His Dr. decided that the side effects of the chemo were not worth the third round. He starts radiation on Tuesday, 10/28 and will also be getting a weekly chemo of Erbitux for the seven weeks. We are both prepared that the radiation will be more difficult than the chemo.
I have read many of the discussion boards and also the advice on the Superthread. Any advice especially to me as the caregiver would be greatly appreciated. I think my husband and I are both anxious to get the treatment started. He does Magic Mouthwash and Mugard both, does he need to take that prior to the radiation treatments start as a precaution and also any info about creams for his neck.
Thanks in advance for your support,