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early stage of larynx cancer -only 38 years old

Posted by @annie2012 in Cancer, Jan 19, 2012

Hi, I'm 38 yrs old and I was recently diagnosed with larynx cancer. I would like to connect with someone who has experienced the same diagnosis and hear what treatment(s) they chose. I am going back and forth between surgery and radiation. I saw an oncologist yesterday that is steering me towards radiation in order to save my voice. I am wondering what radiation was like for others that had/have throat cancer. I am leaning more towards surgery - but could lose most of my voice. Any advice, suggestions, stories, etc will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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Posted by @renedorene, Feb 1, 2012

I am no expert in this area but my husband just went through 33 radiation treatments and he is 67 years old. He had squamous cell of the epiglottis. No surgery was done other than a biopsy. Radiation is not glamorous and it made him weak he lost some hair at the nape of his neck and chin but it did not take long after the treatment to grow back jet black. Some peoples skin break open and have to delay treatment but they make Auquaphor which I recomend putting on after the first week of treatment liberally just wash it off before the treatment everyday.

Everyone reacts differently to treatment but the radiation seems to be an agressive treatment that works.Stock up on non alcohol deoderant, mouthwash and toothpaste. (Biotene has all of that found in the toothpaste isle, they make dry mouth sprays as well.) You may have dry mouth and some loss of appetite, drink and swallow as much as you can to keep the muscles in your throat going. The hardest thing to learn is something which comes natural. I don't know your weight situation but my husband is small and always had been he did have to have a feeding tube put in but not everyone does. Cancer will take a lot of calories so maintain your weight and eat even if your not hungry. There are a lot of supplements for nutrition on the market use them or make your own. We had a dietician throughtout the treatments embrace all the resources available and do not delay your asking for help.

The most unpleasant part for my husband was fatique and dry mouth. The good part of it was he looks as if he had a neck lift and dark hair. Not to mention the treatment was 5 months post treatment and no signs of cancer!

Get a support team or some type of arrangements made for rides to treatmeent if you are tired and never give up. Embrace the good and bad of this it will make you stronger. Being so young you can beat this. You have taken the first step and asked about the treatments, don't stop asking. You can succeed through this as long as there is hope, there is will and faith tap into those within you and you've got this.

Good luck and keep us posted, because we are all in this together. Let me know if I can help and I hope this helps. Because with cancer there is the good and bad, just as with everything else. Keep a sense of humor and embrace the challenge because everyone is fighting with you and you are never alone.

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Posted by @annie2012, Feb 3, 2012

Thank you so much for your reply and sharing your husband's journey with me. So happy to hear that he is cancer free! that is wonderful news. I wish him all the best and nothing but good health. 🙂 I opted for surgery. I had a partial laryngectomy on Wednesday. The doctor was pleased with the outcome and we are hoping he got it all. Will find out the final biopsies results next week. Praying that I, too, am now cancer free! Thank you again for your time.


Posted by @renedorene, Feb 4, 2012

That is wonderful to hear. Keep me posted on your progress. I am glad that chances are with you.

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