throat cancer

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throat cancer

by twinsnan on Tue Oct 27, 2009 03:18 PM

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My husband was diagnosed with throat cancer last August. He had a neck dissection, radio and chemo therapy. This ended on Xmas Eve last year. He has recovered very well and gets the 'all clear' each time they put the camera down his throat. His voice was fine until about three months ago. Now he speaks in a croaky whisper, just as it used to be before the cancer was removed. The oncologist and consultants say this is quite normal.I have been so very worried that I asked for a second opinion. We saw a consultant from ENT and he also confirmed what the oncologist and consultant said. I can't help worrying there is something more sinister that that have not seen. Has anyone else had anything similar? I would appreciate a reply from anyone who may shed light on this subject.

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by brenda40 on Sun Nov 08, 2009 01:39 PM

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Hi,

I'm new to this site & as yourself...looking for answers. My husband went through tonsil cancer (stage3) chemo & rad but not the neck dissection even though it was in the lymph nodes.  We were "all clear" as of August, 09 but he has continued with a sore throat, dryness & the whole voice changing dilemeia.  We were told...give it time...this is normal...changes in the lymph flow pattern. Now as continued concerns the ENT found a suspicious patch under a flap of skin in the tonsilliar region.(orginal site) Biospy scheduled for next week. 

I wish I had an answer for you but I would keep persuing the issue.  My understanding was that all the side effects from treeatment were to get better with time.  If you have concerns, I would continue until a professional can give you a reason for the voice change. 

Good Luck.

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by cancerfreeagain on Thu Jan 20, 2011 07:23 AM

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On Oct 27, 2009 3:18 PM twinsnan wrote:

My husband was diagnosed with throat cancer last August. He had a neck dissection, radio and chemo therapy. This ended on Xmas Eve last year. He has recovered very well and gets the 'all clear' each time they put the camera down his throat. His voice was fine until about three months ago. Now he speaks in a croaky whisper, just as it used to be before the cancer was removed. The oncologist and consultants say this is quite normal.I have been so very worried that I asked for a second opinion. We saw a consultant from ENT and he also confirmed what the oncologist and consultant said. I can't help worrying there is something more sinister that that have not seen. Has anyone else had anything similar? I would appreciate a reply from anyone who may shed light on this subject.

Hi.

 I am also a twin with throat cancer and I have a husky voice too that has not returned to it's usual sound.  It is SO frustrating, so I know how you are feeling. 

This illness is so debilitating in so many ways.  The more you know and the more education you receive, the better off you will be.  PLEASE keep a support team (family, friends, church, etc.,) for I had to go on my Journey alone and it has not been an easy one.  If it were not for my little kittens who are now cats that I have narrowed down to one, I would not have made it this far.  Plus, with alot of prayer to God and to who-ever is looking out for me above, I would not keep remaining cancer-free.

I am see-ing my ENT this month and will ask questions about the Husky Voice for it is really a discomfort and scary thing to feel that you will never have your voice back.  Will e-mail you when I see my Doctor.  In the mean-time, hang in there and keep all your loved ones around you and try to find joy in each day.

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by allyfox on Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:07 PM

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Hi

It can take a while for the throat to recover from the side effects of radiotherapy.  So please dont worry.

 

 

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by JJLUTHER on Fri May 03, 2013 06:35 PM

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Sounds like it's been plenty long for full recovery, in fact he went from recovery to hoarseness, Not Right...unless I misread. If insurance approves, get a scan, serious, even the best Dr's are human and miss a spot under a "Flap" of scar tissue. I don't trust 2nd or 3rd opinions(Visual) [of COURSE] they are all looking AT THE SAME thing. Get a scan especially if U haven't yet!! Holy Hanah!...

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by jmarks10 on Sun Aug 03, 2014 08:27 PM

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I had my last radiation for throat cancer day before Xmas 2013. I had 8 chemo treatmeents as well. It is now Aug and my voice changes every day!!! It happens due to the damage done to our throat. I was a sub teacher going back to work in a few weeks. I have no idea if my voice will last a whole school day. It is a middle school. I would love to chat with throat cancer survivors about the problems of food and dry mouth etc. I was on feeding tube 8 months just got it out. Eggs are about the only thing I know I can look forward to eating. I keep looking for a favorite food so far it a zero.

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