Radiotherapy for throat cancer – Week 3

This weekend my dad came round for dinner.

Now into week three of the radiotherapy for throat cancer, the side effects of the treatment are beginning to show, but he’s still generally well and able to go about his daily life as normal, despite feeling tired most of the time.


Thick saliva and mucus

So far, his biggest issue is that the saliva and mucus in his throat has become noticeable thicker, so he’s constantly sipping fresh water to help. He’s also carrying out the physiotherapy given to him to keep his throat muscles strong.


Lack of sense of taste

Another side effect of the radiotherapy for throat cancer that he is experiencing is a loss of taste. In fact, he says there are some foods he can’t taste at all. However, he’s been told this will eventually return once the radiotherapy is completed and he has recovered.


Swelling in the cheeks

I noticed dad has a swelling in his upper neck towards his cheeks, which we’re calling is “hamster face”. There is also some slight brusing directly to the area where the treatment is being provided.


Overall, progress so far is very positive

Despite the side effects dad’s experiencing so far, it’s all very positive. They are annoying, and he’s tired, but these things are to be expected. However, he’s maintaining his weight and still able to do some activities.


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