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Salivary Gland Regeneration for Oral Cancer

Why is salivary gland regeneration necessary? Patients undergoing radiation for oral cancer often have the salivary glands radiated, leading to a life of saliva deficiency. Saliva cleans the mouth and aids in digestion. The worst part about losing saliva is lack of sleep from continually awakening to moisten the mouth.

There is no medicine that replaces saliva in a successful way. Most oral cancer survivors say it’s the worst part about treatment. However, in June 2010 when I lectured in Athens Greece for HASCOCC (Hellenic Association of Supportive Care of the Oral Cavity in Cancer), I learned from Monique Stockman, RDH, PhD from the University Medical Center Groningen in Holland about their phenomenal saliva remedy for patients who have undergone radiation to the neck.

In Athens with my sister Abby (L) and daughter Elena (R)

With mice as their subject, they remove the stem cells from the salivary gland BEFORE treatment for cancer. The stem cells are replaced AFTER treatment concludes. What did they find? New salivary glands grew! They believe that just like the mice, the salivary glands in humans will grow back, too! I got chills up and down my spine thinking about how many survivors could have a better quality of life!

Just this week, an article came out about similar research on salivary gland regeneration in the U.S.  I hope future oral cancer patients can benefit from this potential treatment.

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  1. It’s been almost 4 years since I underwent
    Chemo and radiation for squamous cell carcinoma
    of the upper palate.I was never told that my salivary
    glands would be destroyed as a consequence.
    Is there any hope of growing back these glands
    I have been using a feeding tube ever since.
    I’m thankful I’m alive, but the quality of my life
    is terrible.can you advise me on what I can do?
    I’ve given up with the doctors at Mass. Eye & Ear.
    Thank you.

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  2. James,

    I’m a 64 year old man, 2.5 years out from 7 weeks of radiation & Erbitux chemo for squamous cell carcinoma of the right tonsil that moved to 2 lymph glands. I had the feeding tube during the treatment & for a few months after. Was depressed till I finally another way to get food. I now nourish with shakes made with 4 Ensures, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, peaches, honey, a scrambled egg, an avocado, banana, peanut & almond butter, hummus, & yogurt. Tastes like vanilla shake. I drink about 45 oz’s a day. Blood work is better than it’s ever been. Lack of saliva makes it almost impossible to eat food. but the real issue that almost no one gets is the complete lack of joy for food anymore. I don’t even get hungry anymore, which is weird. It’s just fuel now, but if you can go to the shakes, you can get the damned tube out,. That alone will greatly improve your lifestyle. You’ll want to socialize again, go out, see friends, be you again.
    The library is a great place to start for books on shakes & smoothies. Beats the hell out of that God- awful tube, & you’ll feel a lot less like a victim with it out. That’s important for your spirit. Your body was cured by the treatment, but you have to fix your head. No pill for that.
    Let me know how it goes, James. Good Luck.

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      Thanks for sharing….powerful line: “Your body was cured by the treatment, but you have to fix your head. No pill for that.” Check out the post I just made on that subject.

    2. Your comments about the tube are spot on. Just awful. I had radiation the base of my tongue. The bit you swallow with. Lived on the PEG tube for a while then onto shakes and then fatty foods or melting cheese on everything. I hope things have improved since then for you. Dry throat while sleeping is my big issue. I have Oralube and tape my mouth shut with Micropore tape so I breath through my nose.

  3. I had IMRT in 2003. My xerostomia and hyposalivation is unbearable! I recently signed up for a study at the NIH, but didn’t qualify, because my parotids produced 0% stimulated and unstimulated. What else can I try? I’ve already tried Evoax, Saligen, and accupuncture.

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      Hi Destiny,
      Try some more products! There is a lot on the market. Here is a list:

        Artificial Saliva- Carboxymethylcellulose or hydroxymethylcellulose solutions

      (Mimics natural saliva, does not stimulate salivary gland production)

      Entertainer’s Secret® (KLI Corp) spray
      Glandosane®(Kenwood/Bradley) Spray
      Moi-Stir® (Kingswood Labs) spray, swabs
      Optimoist® (Colgate -Palmolive) spray
      Saliva Substitute® (Roxane Labs) Liquid
      Salivart® (Gevauer) preservative-free aerosol
      Salix® (Scandinavian Natural health and beauty) Tablets
      V.A Oralube® (Oral Dis.Res. Lab)sodium-free; liquid
      Xero-Lube® Artificial Saliva (Scherer) sodium-free; spray
      Mucopolysaccharide Solutions: spray
      MouthKote® (Parnell) spray

        Salivary Stimulants (sialogogues)

      Natrol Dry Mouth Relief (Natrol and Amarillo Biosciences) lozenges
      Salese (Nuvora) Lozenges
      Xylimelts® (orahealth) time release oral disc
      OraMoist® Quantum Health
      Act Dry mouth Lozenges ( J&J)
      Sugar-free chewing gums (various vendors)(aim for 100% xylitol)
      Xylitol, (gums, candies, lozenges, sprays)(look for Spry, Ice chips, Zellies, Dr. Johns)
      Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP), (Enamelon tooth gel)
      Recaldent (GC America, Cadbury) Toothpaste, gum

        Salivary Enzyme Replacement

      Biotene Products (GSK) Contains three primary salivary enzymes – Glucose Oxidase,
      Lactoperoxidase, and Lysozyme, sodium laurel sulfate free. Toothpaste, mouthwash, gum
      Oralbalance (GSK) gel
      CankerX (Sunstar Butler) gel

        Lozenges and Discs

      (listed above in stimulants too)
      Oramoist™ dry mouth treatment patch (Quantum Health)
      Salese™ dry mouth lozenges (Nuvora)
      Xylimelts™ moisturizer and salivary stimulant (OraHealth)

        Prescription Salivary Stimulants

      NeutraSal-Supersaturated Calcium Phosphate Rinse (OraPharma)
      Pilocarpine: Stimulates residual salivary glands, solution, gel or tablet form (Salagen)
      Cevimeline: Increases exocrine gland secretions, tablets (Evoxac)
      Anathole trithione: Simulates exocrine gland secretions (Sialor)

  4. Eva Grayzel,
    Which of these products are for use when someone is sleeping? Which ones are over the counter and which are prescription?

  5. It’s been almost 2 years since I underwent Chemo and radiation for squamous cell carcinoma of the upper palate.I was never told that my salivary glands would be completely destroyed as a consequence. Is there any hope of growing back these glands? It has been unbearable living without saliva. I’m thankful I’m alive, but the quality of my life is terrible. Can you offer any help at all please? Is there any options or solutions for me? The doctors have been no help.
    Thank you. Greg

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      Greg,
      There is some research on regrowing salivary glands with stem cells after radiation, but that is way in the future. Right now, the only hope for comfort is with products and there are many on the market. Keep trying different ones until you find one that works. I will email you a complete and current list. Also, it would be helpful to connect with others in the same situation to learn how they cope. Would you like me to connect you with a few people I know? The Oral Cancer Foundation Patient Forum is another way to get advice. Eva

  6. My radiation was completed 09/16. After effects are much worse than the cancer itself. But, I’m thankful I was cured. I talk as if i’ve had a stroke with my mouth constantly feeling drawn up. Dry mouth does not get better. Water is constantly with me. I don’t feel like I can kiss my wife decently.

    At times I feel despair and just want to give up. Products last only a matter of minutes. Salegen helps very little. My dental problems are on the rise and I only have 2 exams left on my dental insurance. I fear loosing teeth. I buy trident gum with xylitol by the case and suck on sugarless candy. Lemon drops have been suggested but I fear further erosion of teeth by acid.

    Do you know of any studies or trials seeking participants? Any ideas or solutions? Im ready to travel wherever to seek help.
    ROY

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      Roy, There is hope – don’t give up! Know that you are not alone with frustration due to lack of saliva. I will email you a list of products. Keep trying different products until you find one that works. Here is my oral hygiene regimen, thanks to Dr Ellie Phillips, I have come to find great benefit in starting with Closys to neutralize the acid in my mouth, then brush with Crest, (the old plain paste version with no additives). I follow that with my Waterpik. Then, I by rinse with Listerine Anticavity (Blue) also with no additives like Tartar Control or Whitening. Using a mouthwash with alcohol prevents growth of bacteria. I need to dilute it with water because it’s just too strong for my oral tissue. Then just before bed, I rinse with ACT to leave fluoride on my teeth. Phew – I know that sounds like a lot, but I get through it in reasonable amount of time. While rinsing, I clean up my countertop, tweeze a hair or fold a towel.

      If I hear of any studies on people with dry mouth from radiation, I will let you know!

  7. Hi Eva

    Thank you for the information. Please keep me informed of any options or news. This is so difficult.

    Greg

  8. Hi,
    My dad finished up chemo/radiation treatment in Sept 2017. He, like many comments listed, has no saliva from the radiation. He can’t sleep straight through the night due to stuffiness, which is also related to the radiation. He is discouraged, eating is still a job for him. Can you recommend products that might help? We have done the whole line of Biotene. Thank you, Ang.

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  9. Still suffering from radiation-induced xerostomia.

    Still ready to scream at the doctors who suggest “candies/gums”, because they have no idea what 0% from the parotids after 10 minutes of stimulation means or they don’t listen or they can’t comprehend the severity of the issue.

    I’m checking into getting the xeros pump, because it can provide liquid at night. Has anyone else tried it?

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      I sent you a direct email last time you wrote, but it looks like you never received. Have you seen this list: https://www.sixstepscreening.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Dry-Mouth-Products-2018.pdf. I sleep with a a Camelbak (Either the flip-top spill-proof bottle, or even better, the one for skiers/hikers. It’s a backpack with a hose. You bite on the end to get the water.) Notice, there are prescriptions meds for producing saliva, too. I’ve never heard of the pump!

  10. I am having trouble coping with the dry mouth. It’s horrible!!! I miss real food too!!! How do you cope? I need my quality of life back!!

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  11. I can’t believe you have been doing this for 20 years! Omg! I don’t know if I can keep up with this struggle. I know how you feel.

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  12. What did you need hyperbaric oxygen therapy? I have read an article about this man in Australia getting Hyperbaric therapy for radiation improved dry mouth and he feels positive.

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      I had HBOT for a split lip that didn’t heal. I had another series of treatments before implants in my radiated bone. I do feel that the treatments improved my saliva production. The docs didn’t expect that as a byproduct of treatment, but I would say the treatments helped.

  13. Please try virgin coconut oil. Swish it for 5 to 10 minuites inside you mouth 3 times a day. My radiation oncologist suggested it to my husband after 36 exposures to radiation. It worked for him.

  14. I due to have chemo and radiation therapy for tonsil squamous cell carcinoma and I’m considering not having the treatment due to losing my saliva – I just cannot imagine life like that. Add that to all the other horrific side effects!

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      Julia,
      Ultimately, it’s your choice. Even if you are in your 80’s, have no support network, live far from your the cancer center, don’t have loved ones (children and grandchildren) to live for, even then, having NO treatment at all for this disease, will be, nicely put, an unpleasant end. If you just do surgery, the results can be disfiguring.

      Has your SCC been tested fo HPV? If it’s positive which is very likely, research shows that radiation and chemo is VERY effective. Survivors have many good years after treatment.

      I had IMRT (Intensive modulated radiation therapy). It’s a targeted treatment. It’s the standard of care these days, and even more efficient and less damaging the when I had treatment 20 years ago. They were able to block my salivary gland on the opposite side and I produce saliva. I eat normally, taste normally (on one side), and produce saliva on one side, enough to feel normal in my mouth. Now, it didn’t happen right away. There is a recovery period. Everyone is different, some take longer, some take less time to resume a normal life. Know that most who endure this treatment, which isn’t easy, go on to live full lives and manage the side effects with different products and habits.

      Life is bittersweet. You may decide to endure the effects of treatment in exchange for teaching all those who know you and love you about what it means to be a friend; what it means to be a part of a family; empower everyone with a positive attitude during challenging times….now that’s a lesson most don’t learn unless they go through something like this with someone they love. Beyond the treatment, there is so much learning, love, compassion, and life lessons to be gifted.

      I will help you through it, along with other friends who have been through the same. We are a mighty group who feel the power of helping others as a way to make the difficult treatment worth enduring. So email me directly. Or call/text me. Know that you are not alone and most of us will tell you it’s so worth it to have more years of life on this earth.

      An ‘attitude of gratitude’ is the way to get through it. Do you have enough blessings in your life to fuel your strength to get through it?

  15. I am at about 90 days from radiation and chemo for the same squamos cell carcinoma listed by many above. I still have the same dry mouth and still eat from a PEG tube. The frustration is great with not being able to eat solid food for for almost 5 months now. This is quite discouraging but knowing that most take at least six months to recover still gives me hope.

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      Patrick, It takes time. It’s really important to try to drink/chew so your muscles don’t forget how to do it. Swelling therapy is not uncommon for us survivors. Can you try to eat a little bit? Or drink?

      here are loads of products on the market to help with dry mouth. Keep trying to products until you find one that works. There is a long list here: https://www.sixstepscreening.org/oral-cancer/resources-for-survivors/. I used to sleep with a camelbak spill-proof, flip-top water bottle, strategically placed between two pillows behind my head….now I don’t need it anymore. My saliva has increased over the years. But just on the one side where it wasn’t fully radiated. So when my mouth is dry, I roll over to my side with surgery side down, and I can feel drops of saliva come out from my working gland.

      With dry mouth, it’s REALLY important to have good hygiene. Your saliva aids in digestion and cleaning your mouth. Do you use a Waterpik?

  16. Hi Eva
    I had radiation and Chemo (Cysplatin ? Got some nice tinnitus from that ) I had less radiation on the left side top saliva glanss so chewing gum helps. I found a product here in Australia that works well: Oralube by Orion. I have 3 pumps of it at night and tape my mouth shut with 2 inch 3M micropore tape so that I breath through my nose and I can now get 8 hours sleep most night. I only get about 1 hour if I go to sleep without it. You can even sip some water through the tape if you need to. I also find it important to breath through me nose during the day when I am awake. I had radiation on the base of my tongue and lymph glands on both sides. Thanks for the list of other products.

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      Steve, I recently learned about taping the mouth to force nose breathing to help alleviate dry mouth. I’m impressed with whomever suggested that to you! A doctor? Or did you think of that on your own?

      For many years, I slept with a spill-proof, tip-top water bottle strategically placed behind my pillow. I could drink without lifting my head using one hand. Fortunately, I no longer need to drink at night! Hyperbaric oxygen may have helped. I had 3 series over the years for various dental complications.

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  17. Hello..I am 69 days out from radiation from right tonsil cancer that spread to my right lower parotid gland ( 2 masses)…I started using a feeding tube 3 weeks into treatment…I had to stop chemo at week 4 out of 7 treatments, because I had near fatal reaction to it and was hospitalized, but I finished 35 radiation treatments..I am scheduled to have my follow up PETSCAN September 22, 2018 in a few weeks! ..I was taking in 3 Boost shakes with 20 grams protein per shake through a feeding tube..I lost 100 lbs…I was still having to get hydration IVs plus taking in Boost shakes..I had complications with my feeding tube, and when I went to see the Gastro doctor, I told her to take the tube out, and she told me if I couldn’t maintain liquid intake, she would have to put another feeding tube in…I thought, “no way am I having another feeding tube in!”..so it was sink or swim…each day, I started out taking one sip at a time..one swallow at a time! I would finish the whole shake, then I would rinse out the 8 oz. Shake bottle and fill it half way with water 4 oz. ! I did this 2 times a day starting out 1 in the morning, and 1 at evening plus 4 oz. Water with each shake..I did this for a week..week 2, I would sip 8 oz. Of shake..sip by sip..and 8 0z. Of water…I found it easier to drink from the shake bottle not a straw, and I would tuck my chin forward with each swallow…week 3 I got braver, and I tried to take 2 consecutive swallows..once I could do this, I gained confidence and began doing consecutive swallows..each week there was improvement, but I was determined to not get another feeding tube! Once I was taking in 3 8oz. shakes and 3 8 0z. Water, I was able to dc out of getting hydration IVs…I had my check up with my radiology oncologist about a month out from the last treatment..he instructed me to not be afraid to try yogurt, pudding, it was thick, but I began to make homemade soups! The first soup was a copy cat Zuppa Toscano..I wasn’t able to eat the potatoes, meat, or kale, but boy did I love the broth! Sip by sip…one sip at a time! I made different homemade soups..my taste buds responded better to homemade soups..the canned soups were so nasty! I made a Creamy Ham and Potato Soup..sip by sip..I made about 4 different homemade soups before I made a Corn Chowder…I ate each piece of potato! I would take small bites from 1 piece of potato and would chew eat and use the broth to swallow it down! Once I could do this, I began eating the corn! Chew and chew and use a spoonful of broth to get it down! Sip by sip..piece by piece..spoonful by spponful! And it works! I am 69 days out and I am eating EVERYTHING! I have trouble with chicken breast meat because it is dry, so I opted for thigh meat..and I used my processor to pulse steak and ate a little sub! Small portions is the key, I ate a pan fried hot dog and toasted the bun on each side with some veg. Oil in the pan..I can eat a whole hot dog with a chopped onion, mustard and relish and homemade potato salad..the potatoes are cooked soft..just bite of a small bite, chew,chew and use one sip of water to flush it down! .. I have to toast breads…I eat microwave scrambled eggs, because they are softer..I eat buttered toast without crust…I drink hot tea to get breakfast down with each bite..you have to do that because of dry mouth…you have to push yourself..dont be afraid..sip by sip and bite by bite..start out with broth and slowly graduate yourself..you can do it! I found my greatest help to be my electric tooth brush..I brush before every meal..I use a soft bristle brush for my top and bottom gums, roof of my mouth, and tongue..my taste buds have returned! But I am doing frequent mouthcare..every 2-3 hours, because I dont like the paste that builds up…I rinse and rinse and gargle and garfle until I feel my teeth and mouth are clear of paste..it helps with taste…and I am actually enjoying food again…it took awhile to get my brain to register hunger and an appetite, but keep trying! Dont give up..I have to live with dry mouth, I carry a water bottle EVERYWHERE! Even grocery shopping! But I am alive! I can live with that! And so can you! Small steps at a time! I hope this helps somebody to begin to live your life again! I also wear a C-PAP machine at night for sleep apnea..that was a challenge, but it lets me sleep 4 hours until all the water consumption alerts my bladder! Then I get up and sit in my recliner and look at my facebook a little, get tired and listen to music or Bible teaching on youtube and end up falling back to sleep with my earphones for a few more hours! Without my c-pap! Keep pushing and trying! Dont give up! Prayers for you all! We will get through this!

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      What an inspiring story! When there is a will, you can accomplish more than imaginable. You may like the product Closys. It’s a mouth rinse that neutralizes the PH in your mouth. I prefer the standard variety (not the Silver or the one with additives). Thank you so much for sharing. I hope others will see this and know it’s possible!

  18. My younger brother died last year October 2017 from cancer as well..he was never sick! He got symptoms, went the the hospital, and 11 days later died from cancer that had spread in his lungs, liver, brain…there have been 3 of us siblings within a few years of each other who had cancer, and my mom died years ago from Pancreatic cancer that had spread to all her major organs…it has been a terrible few years, but two of us are still here! Thank God!

  19. Eva, my sister who is also a cancer survivor, gave me a journal at the beginning of my journey, and I didn’t journel in it until I hit recovery period…I wanted to be able to write a book at the end of it all, and at the time in the beginning, I had a title for it and everything, but the recovery period took it in a whole other direction, and I ended up writing 3 cookbooks for head and neck cancer patients! I am now checking into publishing a cookbook!

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  20. Eva…my husband had head and neck cancer in 2009…he survived when given only 15 % survival rate…however blessed we are. To have him with us he is leading a life of misery…no salivary gland activity at all..They also removed all his teeth…his tongue is shriveling up and is effecting his speech which effects his work…he is my love and I’m desperate to find some form of relief for him…he also has severe mucous and candida …please if there’s any knowledge you can share that could offer him some relief, I would be truly appreciated…all my best Sissy Grimsley

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  21. Wow, i’m so glad I stumbled into this information site. I’m about 45 days from radiation chemo for HPV positive I was told I would lose my salivary gland on the left side and maybe the right side would come back. Dry mouth totally sucks. I have been using the Xylimelts from OraCoat through the day and especially when I’m sleeping which work pretty well but you have to keep replacing them you just stick them on your teeth. also I’ve been using Biotene which isn’t lasting as long as they say it does. Gum doesn’t work very well but I’m gonna keep trying it. I’m going to go try the hyperbaric & continue my acupuncture. I’m still waiting for my tongue to heal and one of the sores to go away in my throat. I don’t think I could tape my mouth closed but that is sure a interesting approach.

    Certain things burn my tongue wine burns my mouth which is sad because I collect wine, I hope someday I can drink my red wine again.
    For years I have lived to eat and it’s really frustrating because you can’t taste food but my daughter says that you have to eat to live. High ph of over 7.8 water works much better than lower ph, I found one water with a ph of 10 which got me through treatment and still helps. Seafood works great I can taste Seafood, not sure why yet, syrup on pancakes with lots of butter.
    I am very interested to see if anybody has published a cookbook on foods and and neck cancer treatment.

    Dr. Gave me a medication claiming it would stimulate saliva production but I haven’t tried it yet. I don’t like taking any more meds.

    I have trays that I’m supposed to use every night for fluoride to go on my teeth. I too carry water everywhere.

    Thanks to all for their comments, I’m going to try anything! Love this, thanks.

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      Carl, Give yourself a little more time. I believe you will be able to enjoy your wine once again. Look into Closys mouth rinse to neutralize PH. Do you use Prevident toothpaste for the extra fluoride? A reviver told me he used to use Prevident but now buys CTx4 Gell 5000, because it’s $5 cheaper ($15/tube) and supposedly better. Also, do you use a Waterpik? Sleep with a Camelbak or some other easy way to drink water and not spill?
      Keep up the constant effort to make life better!

  22. Where can we find your cookbooks? They would be a good resource for all of us who are currently going through treatment or have been through treatment.

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      1. Hi guys . I am a 62 yr old male and am now 3.5 weeks post treatment. 33 radiation and 6 chemo for HPV p16 SCC. Nasty is as good as it gets. My front saliva glands have also been knocked out but I am noticing my big rear ones are getting better at providing. Chewing gum during the day. After reading a lot of these, I feel blessed. No feeding tube and back at work post 2 weeks. Until week 5, no matter how bland or metallic the water tasted, I ate and drank right the way through. Use your throat muscles or loose them! My taste buds are slowly coming back but I must admit I am a savoury man at the moment. As for sleeping with a dry mouth -it’s terrible. I bought a snoring strap that goes under my chin. The side straps saddle my ears and the Velcro allows for adjustment. It took a little while to get used to, but it keeps the mouth reasonably closed and I find myself waking up about 2-3 times a night which is a lot better than 6-7 . Also when going through the chemo/radiation, use the drugs. I found a good dose of liquid morphine before eating did the trick and the fentnyle patches were great. So don’t be afraid to dose up. It took me 3 days to quit the liquid morphine and 2 weeks to weed off the patches. I hope this helps others. All the best, Vinnie

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          Vinnie, Thank you for sharing your story. Someone will read this and be comforted knowing they are not alone. I’m sure, as time passes, more and more people will be victimized by HPV+ cancer.

  23. Hello Eva, I am currently working to get going on publishing my cookbook for cancer patients, and the thing I have to do now is to get pictures of my recipes! I regret that I didn’t think of it at the time I was making them! I could publush it without pictures, but that is no fun! Unfortunately, it will be a little while before it will come out…but I’m excited about it! I want to update my progress..I did have my follow up PETSCAN come back as showing no postive residual!, and last Friday I met with my Radiology Oncologist, and he did tell me, “I think you are on the other end of all this!” I thank and praise God for results…that quote that says, “You can’t see the forest for the trees” was true, because going through that experience you have to have courage and push through the fears and move forward no matter how bad it may seem, you always hope! I’m still hoping for my salava glands to kick in. My doctor told me he tried to save my glands, but we will see..I told my dictor,”I can live with dry mouth.” “I’m alive, I can live with that” I’m not out of the woods, but I AM! I will have to see my throat doctor every 3 months for 5 years, but I don’t feel that I’m “in the forest” anymore! There is a brighter side to all of this..have hope my friends..don’t give up! Ever! Look to the light…there are star lights in the dark…you are going to come out on the other side..I promise! Prayers and passion for all cancer victims!

  24. Eva, thank you for your forum, and your lovely voice and for sharing your experience with us! You have big shoulders my friend! BIG!

  25. I have been on this journey with you for two years. It all started with an Ear Ache! The ear ache turned out to be a cancerous growth inside my neck region, and that was pressuring my ear. The swollen lymph gland and other thick mass could not be explained until a CT Scan revealed the presence of a more Ominous Resident! There is where the adventure begin? What ensued was the engagement of my entire family, friends, minister, my God,, angels, saints, and fantastic medical practitioners to guide and support me and each other through this challenge. It is often said that Challenge and Opportunity are represented by the same Character in some Asian Scripts.

    The will to survive and defeat the cancer was heavily shored up by my daughter’s unrelenting patience, research, insistence that I eat, where there was no appetite.

    My next installment will contain some of the measures that she employed to spurn my appetite into action after the loss of Thirty Pounds following surgery and External Beam Radiation.

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      Great to hear from you! What area of the world do you live in? I hope you continue your journey with a positive outlook which is most definitely leaving a legacy to the everyone who knows you about living life in gratitude.

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