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  • MarinS has replied to a post on the message board

    Keep coming back here, Carolin, and posting about your experiences and your ups & downs. As I said, we all get it. You can also send a private message to me at any time by clicking below to make a private reply. I'll bet when you get your dentures, you'll feel alot better, so hang in there! Marin

    October 13 at 8:30 PM view post
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      October 13 at 1:38 AM
      • MarinS has replied to a post on the message board

        The treatment we must undergo for this type of cancer can be very traumatic and can lead to depression or severe anxiety. Does your hospital have specializing counselors available or maybe a support group? Another option might be a short course of anti-depressants. Even if none of these appeal to you, sharing your feelings here can be very helpful. Most of us really do get it and can offer advice and support.

        October 13 at 1:36 AM view post
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          It took me about 6-8 months to begin to feel better. I'm now almost a year post-treatment and I still have crummy taste buds and only slight pain (I'm thinking it's scar tissue or tight musculature, but certainly not pain from radiation burn any more) when I yawn. The fatigue, for me, lasted about 8 months or more and it wasn't until I started taking a multivitamin and eating fish (I was a vegetarian before) that I s...

          October 12 at 6:57 PM view post
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            Many cancers under the catch-all category of Head and Neck Cancer, are HPV-driven and often that indicates that it is more responsive to treatment. But maybe you should wait until you have an actual diagnosis before scaring yourself by reading of worst-case scenarios, etc. If you actually do have HNC that was caused by the HPV virus, chances are good that your doctors will prescribe directed radiation and, possibly, ...

            August 17 at 2:33 PM view post
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              I completely agree with what everyone else has said. Although I am a long-term-in-recovery alcoholic, I took all of the medication prescribed and, believe me, that was alot! I don't know how anyone can survive this very, very difficult course of treatment without very strong, effective pain medication, so do not hesitate asking for as much as you need (as long as you stay within a safe dosage, of course). I took hydr...

              August 10 at 4:14 PM view post
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                Yay!!!! So, so glad for you! Thanks for letting us know!

                June 12 at 4:08 PM view post
                • MarinS has replied to a post on the message board

                  At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I'd like to point out that the path results belong to you, as does your entire medical record. This surgeon is being nothing short of cruel and, in my mind, inappropriate, by withholding this information from you. My advice is to call back and tell them that you would like your information released to you. You might also ask your primary care professional's office to call and have t...

                  June 08 at 3:26 PM view post
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