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Salivatory gland radiation damage / Anyone

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I had a total thyroidectomy & partial neck dissection 2-03, I received 2 large doses of I131 last year, in Oct 03 I was diagnosed cancer free (yea), about 7 months ago I started having problems with constant dry mouth and swelling in the neck when eating, I visited an ENT and he advised me that I probably had radiation settle in my salivatory glands.I went to my follow up appt yesterday & was advised that my 2 lower salivatory glands will have to be removed. I was just wondering if anyone has gone through this and has any insight?

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HI Kristak, I have also had 2 large doses of radiation, and 6 surgeries incl. a total thyroidectomy and a bilateral neck dissection!!
I did have some temporary salivary gland pain and swelling, but nothing like you have!! Did they instruct you to chew lots of gum, or suck on lots of hard candies to keep your salivary glands active so they would'nt clog (THey Should Have) I hope all works out for you!!
If you would like to talk, Please e-mail me at mdolphin13@alltel.net

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Hi Kris, I've been a thyroid cancer patient since 1989 and I've had 1 surgery and 3 treatments and my glands have been very sore and swollen but they have gone down again. I hope you feel better. If you want to talk u can email me at
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