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Tonsil cancer radiotherapy

12 Oct 2019 21:57 in response to Mariag123

Thank you just ain’t going to let Cancer Define me !

 

Hazel xx

Tonsil cancer radiotherapy

12 Oct 2019 22:31 in response to RadioactiveRaz

i really wouldn't worry about blood tests. I had that many i was sure they were vampires disguised as medics. They all turned uout to be a bit of a high reading or low reading on certain things but nothing serious a bit of medication could sort out out pretty quickly.]

 

don't worry about cancer returning, apparently it's a type that doesn't anyway, and the cure rate is incredibly high. just all part of the process. I look back (finished treatment Nov 18, got 100% all cealr April this year) and it all seems a distant memory that I pay very little or no attention to now. 

 

Dry mouth and swallowing some foods continues to be an issue but not insurmountable by any means. They say give it two years after the end of your treatent and that's how good you'll be from then on.

 

All the early hassle and side effects soon fade into the background as time moves on. We've all been there and are still here fit and well and dishing out advice to people going through the same stuff we did, more or less, even though everyone is slightly different in what side effects the treatment has on them.

 

Above all don't worry, it'll all turn out ok before you know it.

Tonsil cancer radiotherapy

13 Oct 2019 01:17 in response to Hilts911

Hi Hilts911

thank u for your reply , it's so nice that people take time out to do that , I know what u mean about taking blood it's every five min , so glad you have all clear and continue to get better it's lovely to hear 

Maria xxxx

Tonsil cancer radiotherapy

13 Oct 2019 16:55 in response to Mariag123

Hi Maria,

 

Thanks for the kind words. Things do move slowly to start with in terms of recovery but almost imperceptably day by day things improve, until one day you think "what was all the fuss about, I had cancer, beaten it, and I'm ok now!" 

 

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13 Oct 2019 18:23 in response to Hilts911

Thanks again for the kind words think some days I just get in a rut and feel like it's never gonna end , but I know it will coz you are all proof of that so thank you xxxx

Tonsil cancer radiotherapy

13 Oct 2019 18:36 in response to Mariag123

Hi Maria 

It is the toughest of journeys but you will get there . I am just over 3 1/2 months post treatment and I still get the odd bad day/night , I had the results from my 3 month post treatment PET scan on the 2nd of October and got the all clear , no sign at all of the nasty stuff !!!Try not to worry too much about the blood tests and focus on recovery , easy to say I know . This forum has been a huge help to me all through this process , it is great that people that have been clear for a long time still post advice and support . 

Good luck with everything 

Peter 

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13 Oct 2019 18:54 in response to Peter-S

That's great news peter so happy for u , it's not the nicest time is it never realised it would be this hard and I'm quite a tough cookie haha but suppose always one thing gonna take u down and feeling sick is my biggest hate of all time , but your right everyone here is amazing so glad I found this site , thank u for your reply and again so happy for you xxxx

Tonsil cancer radiotherapy

28 Oct 2019 18:52 in response to Mariag123

So 10 weeks approx post treatment and still not feeling any better , can't eat at all so many sores in back of throat , so living on shakes , constant thick gunge in throat , driving me mad now , really thought would see a bit of improvement t by now , give me some  inspiration please , feels never bloody ending xxxx

maria

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28 Oct 2019 19:05 in response to Mariag123

Hi Maria

imspiration 14 month post radiotherapy I biked up and down 2 mountains today 62 km in total ! Hang in there you can do it ,just babybsteps . A year ago I could do 8 Km on bike and that wore me out At 10 weeks I was still in ensures and cal shakes mostly ,with odd bits of food , I did manage Christmas dinner if sorts 17 weeks post radiotherapy it will come slowly. Just need to keep throwing the Hi gh calorie shakes down  are  you still  on painkillers ? Try some Luke warm broth nithung too hot we used to use slow cooker with shun beef in it carrots Andy onions plus a little consommé soup cook for hours hubby had the meat and veg I sipped the broth worth a try. It’s a long road but there’s is light at the end ifvthe tunnel just a few bends in the road .have yiu read the dr peter Harvey article After treatment what happens next ? Yiu can find it  online it’s written by one of the drs at my hospital otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it  

 

Hazel xxx

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28 Oct 2019 20:11 in response to Mariag123

Hi Maria 

I am 17 weeks post treatment and right up to weeks 11 to 12 I found really tough much the same as you . The ulcers were horrendous and no pain relief seemed to work apart from Xylocaine spray which didn't last long , it really is the toughest of mental and physical struggles that during this period I couldn't see the end of , BUT it is quite amazing how the body can heal, the difference I have experienced since about week 13/14 post treatment has been amazing , the mouth ulcers have almost completely gone , the last two weeks I have regained my appetite and the last week especially have been eating 'grown ups' sized dinners for the first time in months . The hair I lost at the back of my neck due to the radiotherapy has grown back , the radiation burns to my neck have faded so much that they are hardly noticeable , I am also in my third week back at work as well as back at the gym. I am tired sometimes more than usual but this will dissipate in time. Sleep has been poor since my first day of treatment , waking 3 to 6 times a night ever since , but I got prescribed some sleeping pills which are breaking the habit of waking so much , it must be habit now as I am pain free . I know exactly where you are currently and although hard to believe you will improve , it just takes time and effort , the effort being the tough bit . Key thing is calories , I primarily lived on Farley's rusks , full fat milk , Fortisip and Actagian drinks , the protein content does help the body heal . I am not 100 % what I was but am getting there .Everybody on this forum , especially those ahead of you in recovery know exactly how you are feeling .You will definitely get there , just keep going , you are not alone . Look at where Hazel is 14 months on .There definitely is light at the end of the tunnel !! If you have any questions please ask 

all the best 
Peter

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28 Oct 2019 21:21 in response to Peter-S

Hi Peter. Glad to hear you are continuing to progress, thank you for kind words ! as they say been there done it gotbthe t shirt read the book etc. But yes agree protein is the key along with gentle exercise, ive read in the first year W should be trying to eat the equivalent of running a marathon a day just to repair what treatment did muchneasier said than done , I still have bad eating days  but always have Ensure in the fridge for this evening just in case days , hubby fancied pizza the other day and salad two words which really put dread into me but though hey he’s suffered enough so gave in ,yep couldn’t eat much if it so out popped the trusty Ensure to Ensure I got enough in my body to enable me to carry on biking. 

Rant over lol

Hazel xx

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28 Oct 2019 21:27 in response to Mariag123

Hi Maria, so sorry you are finding things difficult. I am 6 weeks post, my mouth is still pretty sore but generally i’m doing ok. Just a few suggestions for things that worked for me.

is the throat gunk mucous? I took Carbocisteine for my mucous and it really helped by thinning it out so i could cough it up.

I have been surviving on Huel right from the start. Nutritionally it’s way better than the stuff the hospital recommended (Fortsip...yuch!) and i’m convinced it has helped my recovery. If you decide on it get the powder (not the premixed); it tastes better and you can mix it with anything you like

What pain meds are you on. I had a mix of fentanyl patches, liquid morphine, pregabalin and paracetemol. Don’t be shy asking. Also i mouthwashed religiously with a mix of salt, bicarb, soluble asprin.

Meditation or other relaxation therapy to help you feel better and help your immune system do its stuff. 

Take care and remember this WILL pass.

Shaun

 

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28 Oct 2019 21:53 in response to ShaunW

Thank u again for all your reply's , I just seem to have down days ,I just want to wake up one day in no pain and be able to eat lol , but no pain no gain and at least I'm alive thank god , all your stories and suggestions really do help more than you know , so new day tomorrow , gonna have a pamper day I think , do my nails , dye my hair and hopefully will make me feel bit more human , 

good to know everyone doing great , and once again thank you all

Maria xxxx

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28 Oct 2019 21:57 in response to ShaunW

Hello, 

I really hope you don't mind me asking but I am concerned there is something wrong with my tonsils that is causing me so much pain. It's definitely not tonsillitis or anything. I have been referred to ENT because of my severe sort throat and neck pain. They said everything was clear and that my tonsils were a little swollen. They have got me another appointment to have an x ray of my throat basically drinking a liquid to highlight the areas. I do believe that my tonsils are the problem that I've had for 5 months. What symptoms did you get for tonsils cancer? Is it easily missed just by having a camera down your throat which is what I had first. 

Tonsil cancer radiotherapy

28 Oct 2019 22:05 in response to Sophlouise

Hi sophie ie in my case I had ni pain no sore  throat  no nothing onky a lump above my collar bone I could eat and drink perfect,y well .  The lump  put me on 14 day cancer pathway and the camera picked up tonsil cancer , so if youve  had that via ent consultant Andy  I am not medically trained but would take comfort in what they say . Go and do the  next course if treatment that they want to try re the ent consultant s do see  lots of different diagnoses every day only a small,percentage turn out to be cancer .i was one of the 1% of the unlucky ones 

Hazel x