Nov 13, 2013 - 5:38 pm
My treatment (2 Cisplatin and 33 radiation) for stage 4 throat cancer ended in dec 2010. I am 3 years out and doing marginally well. Cancelled my 3 year CAT scan but still visit the Dr. to deal with the damage the treatment did to my kidneys and parathyroid.
Just wondering how many out there lost sweet taste. Most other foods, as long as they do not contain sugar taste ok. Milk, OJ, cereal, spaguetti sauce, pastries and rum taste fowl. The one benefit is, weight control is no problem. Having lost liquid (I only make phlem) saliva forces me to eat slowly. I was a fast eater and generally weighed 20 lbs. over ideal. I stay right at it now w/o effort.
The swelling in the neck due to damage to the lymphatic system has softened but not reduced much. Chemo nerve damage to hands, feet and hearing is most afflicting. Incessant loud ringing in silence, 80% loss of high frequency tones and constant pain in my hands remind me of the price I paid to continue living. Hardening of the tissues around the neck, where the spinal nerves exit, causes severe and painful spasms, that occur several times a day.
When I was first diagnosed I was very sad and scared to die. After inhabiting a broken body now for quite some time, moving on to the after life does not seem that bad. Hope those of you out there victims of this virus (HPV) are coping well with your treatment induced ailments.