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Pain relief radiotherapy for laryngeal cancer

19 Mar 2023 15:47

Husband just completed 13 sessions of 30 and now experiencing severe pain on swallowing.  Been put on morphine oral solution now told to take 5ml every four hours also paracetamol.  Today he isn't eating and also coughing up mucas and also vomit.  Tried to get him to drink and eat.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Pain relief radiotherapy for laryngeal cancer

19 Mar 2023 16:20 in response to Gillell14

Welcome to the Cancer Chat community Gillell although I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties your husband is having at the moment.

I just wanted to let you know that our cancer nurses don't work at the weekend but they will get back to you as soon as they can next week.

If you're seeking urgent medical advice today, don't hesitate to contact your husband's cancer team or out of hours GP. If they are unavailable, you can get in touch with the NHS on 111.

Kind regards,

Steph, Cancer Chat Moderator

Pain relief radiotherapy for laryngeal cancer

19 Mar 2023 16:24 in response to Moderator Steph

Thanks. He has been on to them.  It's probably me but just scary time at moment. Thanksxx

Pain relief radiotherapy for laryngeal cancer

20 Mar 2023 16:46 in response to Gillell14

Hello and thanks for your post

People vary in the severity of these side effects and this sounds quite debilitating for your husband. You can read more about this side effect and what might help by clicking here.

I think you need to let the hospital know about your husband’s symptoms. They can assess him, increase his pain medication and prescribe anti-sickness medication to manage his sickness. If he has a specialist nurse involved in his care then perhaps they can provide him with further information. You often have to call and leave them a message and they will get back to you.  

Give us a ring if you want to talk anything over. Our number is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and we are around weekdays from 9-5,

Kind regards,