The following collection of folk wisdom are solutions I picked up on my own journey through treatment and recovery as well as the suggestions of the good people on the Head & Neck board at CancerCompass.org. A valuable lesson I learned is to stay flexible – if one solution doesn’t work, try another. We’re all unique in how we respond so keep trying. Try also visiting the cancer forums and post your questions – you’d be surprised how many are willing to help!
And please let me know if you have any further suggestions, additions, or corrections – drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCLAIMER – All treatments, suggestions, and solutions mentioned should be cleared with your physician to make sure they aren’t interfering with ongoing treatment or any other medication you are using.
Dry Mouth (PDF)
Radiation can cause some damage to the mucosal tissue and salivary glands of the mouth. These are some suggestions offered to help with stimulating saliva production and also help with mouth pain.
Radiation Burns (PDF)
The skin is generally damaged by radiation for the same reason that the tumor is destroyed – a breakdown of cell tissue.Here are some tips to healp with healing and discomfort.