Problems eating and drinking after radiation therapy

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   Posted 9/23/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all members, I need help from anyone with imformation that will help my brother.  He has been undergoing radiation on his neck for a turmor in his throat and he is about at his wits end.  He is at the point where he has only a hot mouth and throat.  He cannot eat anything solid and or drink anything that has bubbles ( carbonation) and or booze and he gets no answers from his drs.  Anyone out there who has gone through this???  I  had a good friend who had it, he passed about 7 months ago.  After awhile he would not talk to me anymore because he did not want anyone seeing him is his condition.  This is my brother, but he is starting to remind me of my old friend before he died.  Anyone??  Respond if you know anything that will put the fire out in his mouth... from the rad. and kemo.  Thanks to all.  dlt  My back problems do not hurt as much now.
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Post Edited By Moderator (Stella Marie) : 9/23/2009 10:47:54 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/23/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry I am note too familiar with post radiation and chemotherapy complications. Let's hope one of our members can give your some insight.

Good luck.

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   Posted 9/24/2009 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Alive!! I have no real suggestions and feel as though your doctor should be helping more with your questions. I can understand why the booze and carbonated beverages would irritate his throat though. These items can be could be contributing to the problem. Maybe he needs to stick to soft foods and non-irritating beverages until his throat is feeling better. How long ago did he have the treatments? Did the doctor give you any diet restrictions? Hope your brother gets better soon.
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   Posted 9/24/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
My Mom went through something similar to this when she had radiation treatment for brain cancer. Her doctors were not much help either until I brought up and insisted on an oral Lidocaine solution that you use like mouthwash. That dulled the pain enough for her to be able to eat. Her mouth hurt her so bad that she didn't even want liquids. She also said that after getting the Lidocaine stuff that Chloroseptic spray also helped take a little more of the edge off.

Oh yeah. BTW: You may want to check your brothers mouth for THRUSH (a white/yellow pasty yeast like coating just like babies often get). My Mom also developed this thanks to the radiation which did not help her mouth and throat pain. Just wanted to give you a heads up in case you also need to treat for this.
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   Posted 9/24/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jim, I will relate this to my brother and tell him to get to his drs. for spcipt......
good luck to you.   I have had my share of back problems    .  dlt

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   Posted 9/24/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing i can add is i had a smoothy book that was fully of recipies, and it had a section on cancer patients and how to add the vitimans/minerals via food made into smoothies. I had tried a few and they were very good. I gave the book to my father in law after he was dx w/ lung cancer and after his passing, i am not sure where it is. Im sure w/ a little research u can find it or something similar. Good luck to your brother!
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