i am 15 months after treatment finished for throat cancer. I always knew that my saliva would be thick and to be fair from about six months after it was much better. Just recently it has thickened up again and is difficult to move from the back of my throat. I’ve also started to get reflux again. Does anyone have any advice how to ease this. Thank you.
I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with your saliva again and that you're finding it difficult to move it from the back of your throat.
Do you still have any contact numbers for your medical team? If so, it may be worth getting in touch with them to see what they suggest. Alternatively, you can give our cancer nurses a call about this tomorrow when they return to work after the Christmas break. Their freephone number is 0808 800 4040 and are available Monday - Friday between 9a.m - 5p.m so do give them a call when you can as they may be able to offer some advice.
I've had a look around the forum and found two members - @Vatch and @Newlymarried - that have had experience of throat cancer and may be able to help too so have tagged them in this post. Hopefully they will pop when they can by to offer their input.
Also, I'm not sure if you've heard of this organisation already, but if not, I thought I would include a link to it just in case. It's called the Mouth Cancer Foundation and they have a lot of information and advice on their website which may be useful to you at this time as well.
I hope this helps Craftynana and that you're able to find a way to manage this soon.
Steph, Cancer Chat Moderator
yep welcome to the lansaprozol club .... apparently it’s a side effect of the chemo ... or mine was so I was told ... I started to get chronic reflux during treatment
im now 3.5 years post treatment and still need the lansaprosal ... 30 ml each day in the evening and if I miss it it will catch up with me the next day
christmas is a real pain too .... too much picky rich food does not go down well ... and although I have a good range of taste back ... butter ladened pastries and too many savoury things cakes back to haunt me
i can’t do chocolate or many sweet things any more so savoury is my vice
not cheese though ... it cements my mouth shout .... yep ... that’s the minimal saliva kicking in
hang in there and keep taking the tablets
shout if you want to know anything else
i had tonsil cancer and have the same problems as yourself with silva and taste and swallowing and of course acid . I was talking tablets to help control the acid but I didn’t like them so I thought I would try something different, I have porridge in the morning but would get more acid an hour to an hour and a half before I went to bed so I tried an evening bowl of porridge. This has worked a treat for me and I seem to sleep better too. I don’t get acid anymore. I’m not saying it will work for everybody but you never know if it might help you. Take care bean