Lois Ricketts Posted May 11, 2004 Share Posted May 11, 2004 I was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer at the end of January 2004. What brought this to our attention was problems with speech and swallowing. The physicians have determined the tumor which is located in the upper left lung has disturbed the nerve to the larynx causing the left side muscle to be paralyzed in an open condition. It is still unknown what has caused the problem with swallowing. Because of the aggressive state of the tumor it was decided to treat it with both radiation and chemotherapy. The result has been a 50% reduction in the tumor size but an irritation of the esophagus which made swallowing painful and almost impossible. I became so dehydrated and undernurished that they placed in the hospital for two weeks. Still I am having problems with intake. All treatments are on hold until I'm strong enough to accept chemotherapy and future radiation will be more directed if the tumor is still in its current size and location. Surgery is not being considered due to location and involvement of the nerve and the bridge of the aorta. Has any one experienced swallowing problems and how did you address it? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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