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...really helpless

Started by Anonymous on 27 January 2015 at 16:15

Hi, I have had 7 chemos out of twelve already. ( early stage breast cancer) Mostly, I feel really good - even through chemo therapy. But now - for more than two weeks - I have a terrible cold which doesnt seem to get any better. The worst thing about is the unbearable throat ache. My throught feels like an open wound, very very dry and painful - making it almost impossible to swallow, drink or eat. Strangely, threre is no redness at actually looks very normal. I have tried with almost everything, from throat pills to different sprays and teas....nothing seems to change anything.

Did anybody also suffer of severe throat ache during chemo and can somehow help me?

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    From SusieQ  
    29 January 2015 at 09:57

    Hi Anne,

    I'm relieved to hear your throat has improved...and thanks for the positive feedback, much appreciated...

    Warm wishes


  • From Anonymous
    28 January 2015 at 18:11

    Dear Sue

    thank you so much for your answer! In the link to the American Cancer Society webpage has helped me with my sore throat! As in....I have been eating 1 to 2 fresh oranges per day for at least the last two weeks. And thats when my throat was getting really bad." Be careful with citrus fruit while you are in chemotherapy" they I know where it came from!

    The cold seems a bit better too and the fever has gone down below 37.0 - so I can wait till Friday when I see my oncolocist and we can discuss if antibiotics are still necessary or if I will be just fine.

    Most important to me at the moment is: I can swallow without pain!

    Thanks again!   Anne

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    From SusieQ  
    27 January 2015 at 16:53
    Edited on: 28 January 2015 at 14:28


    Throat pain and discomfort can be a side effect of some chemotherapy drugs, due to a number of factors. It sounds very uncomfortable. The cold may be contributing to it too.

    It's always worth checking that it is not an infection, either from oral candida (thrush), or a infection due to your blood counts dropping as part of the response to chemotherapy. I'm sure you're checking your temperature regularly, but if it's raised (above 37.5c.for example), or you feel very unwell with it, do alert your chemo team immediately, as you may need antibiotics. (see neutropenia from Cancer.Net website).

    It might be a good idea to contact your chemo team and/or oncologist anyway, to mention your throat ache and swallowing problems, as they may be able to prescribe mouthwashes and analgesia to help ease the pain. You can also follow some of the advice given by the American Cancer Society, in their webpage article on mouth or throat pain or sores

    If any of our online members have any suggestions which helped ease their chemo-induced sore throat, it would be interesting to hear them.

    Meanwhile, I do hope your throat feels better soon,

    Very best wishes



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