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Mon, Jun 10 7:27am · Meet others living with Head & Neck Cancer - Come introduce yourself in Head & Neck Cancer

I'm ok maybe normal looking forward to neonormal soon.
That's a good explanation………………..thanks!

Sun, Jun 9 5:33pm · Meet others living with Head & Neck Cancer - Come introduce yourself in Head & Neck Cancer

Thanks for responding. It's getting better. But I sure hope it's not 6 months back to normal!

Sun, May 26 5:29pm · Meet others living with Head & Neck Cancer - Come introduce yourself in Head & Neck Cancer

I'm still burning and itching and changing out dressing 4 times a day, but the intensity has subsided. Still doing the pain meds on a regular basis. Sleeping better, though…………………..So we're getting there! Thanks for asking……………..

Mon, May 20 6:47pm · Meet others living with Head & Neck Cancer - Come introduce yourself in Head & Neck Cancer

Hi, I'm Karen. Diagnosed with SCC of the mouth in January '19, surgery in February '19, finished 6 weeks of proton therapy on 5/17/19. I'm wondering what to expect as far as pain and discomfort post proton. I was told to expect 2 weeks before healing would begin, but will I be in pain for that entire period? I'm really hurting now and trying not to overdo the pain meds, Proton therapy was the hardest thing I've ever had to endure and I hoped there would be some relief when it was over, but so far…….none. What have others experienced?
And, though I complain, I am eternally grateful to Mayo Clinic and everyone there.

Sat, May 18 10:06pm · Have you tried to quit smoking while undergoing treatment? in Cancer

I wore dentures prior. My mouth, however, was altered during surgery (oral cancer) so new dentures will be required. And I've been told by Doctors not to even try to wear the old ones, because they will not fit and could cause damage to my healing mouth.

Sat, May 18 8:39pm · Have you tried to quit smoking while undergoing treatment? in Cancer

Just finished up 6 weeks of Proton Therapy on Friday. So the next month will be for healing. Hopefully, this will be the end of my treatment. I will, however, need to be fitted for dentures, and that won't happen until 3 months after proton therapy. So I'll be without teeth for awhile.

Sat, May 18 10:50am · Have you tried to quit smoking while undergoing treatment? in Cancer

I was diagnosed with SCC in January 19 and scheduled for surgery in February. I scheduled my "Quit" to coincide with my surgery. I was on the patch for a week before surgery. I was in the hospital for 4 days, but pretty heavily sedated for 2 days, so I figured that would cover the 3 days of physical withdrawal from cigarettes. I haven't smoked since.