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Hello. I'm asking this question for my wife "Mary". She has had throat / neck cancer surgery and 6 weeks radiotherapthy. She has a "flap", 

She was about 6st 5lbs when.she went into hospital. She is.now 5st 5lbs. She is eating as much as she can and suplimenting this with shakes and drinks (proscribed). It is now worring me. What should be the next step? Does this mean the cancer has moved? 

She finished her radio' on 20/12/19.

Thank you


Keith - Macmillan
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Hi Millie-roase (Joseph), thanks for your post.


This sounds like a really worrying time for you all. Coping with the worry of a cancer diagnosis and how it’s treatment can affect you both physically emotionally can be difficult.


After going through surgery and radiotherapy like this it can present problems with eating and drinking which can sometimes cause weight loss.


 It’s important you and Mary let your treatment team know how you are feeling and how this situation is affecting you both physically and emotionally. This is so they can give you the best possible support.


They can refer to specialist such as dieticians and speech and language therapist who can support you both through this time and hopefully help to deal with this issue.


It’s normal to worry about things at this time. People tend to always look at the worst-case scenario, but this isn’t always the case.


Sometimes I wish I had that crystal ball, but we don’t. The best you can do is take it one day at a time. It’s ok to worry, but if things become too much don’t be afraid of asking for help. As I’ve said before remembering, that’s what the treatment team are there for. It’s only you that can open that door to let them in when you need them.


 If you think it may help why not give us a call and we can discuss things further.


For further support looking at the Head & Neck Foundation or Get ahead may also be helpful.