Sleepiness

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Hi all, my husband has been diagnosed with head and neck metastatic cancer and is awaiting treatment. He is currently on morphine and other tablets to help with the pain. Is it normal to sleep all the time?

  • Hi  

    Welcome to our community. 
    I was on morphine through the latter part of my treatment and I slept lots.Enough morphine will indeed make you very drowsy.
    Do you have a start date for treatment ? 

    Dani 

    Base of tongue cancer. T2N0M0 6 weeks Radiotherapy finished January 2019

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  • Hi I was on oramorph towards the end if my treatment yes it does make you sleepy. Make sure he has laxido or movicol prescribed as opitates cause constipation as well. 

    Let us know when and what his treatment plan is if yiuve questions just ask on here someone will always get back to you  

    Hazel 

    Hazel aka RadioactiveRaz 

    My blog is www.radioactiveraz.wordpress.com  HPV 16+ tonsil cancer Now 5 years  post treatment. 35 radiotherapy 2 chemo T2N2NM.Happily getting on with living always happy to help  

  • Hi and thanks for replying. His treatment starts on the 19th feb. So will be on Monday. It has advanced to his neck and the lump in his neck has grown massively now. I hope all goes well for you now. I am just so scared for him. 

  • Hi and thanks for replying. He hasn’t started his treatment yet and is in so much pain as it has advanced to his neck. He will be having treatment five days a week for six weeks. Four days of radiotherapy and one day of chemo. It will be a long journey 

  • The lymph nodes can get quite big. Trust his team. They have tailored his treatment just for him and they are good at what they do. 
    Do you have a staging for him? 
    Mine was T2N0M0 which means the cancer was less than 4cm and there was no metastasis to neither the nodes nor distantly. 

    Dani 

    Base of tongue cancer. T2N0M0 6 weeks Radiotherapy finished January 2019

    I wrote a blog about my cancer. just click on the link below 

    https://todaymycoffeetasteslikechristmasincostarica.com 

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  • I am unsure of the actual staging but I will ask on Monday. The letter definitely says  metastasis though and this was after his first biopsy taken from the lymph nodes in his neck

  • The letter definitely says  metastasis

    Yes that will refer to his neck. 

    Dani 

    Base of tongue cancer. T2N0M0 6 weeks Radiotherapy finished January 2019

    I wrote a blog about my cancer. just click on the link below 

    https://todaymycoffeetasteslikechristmasincostarica.com 

    Macmillan Support Line - 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week between 8am-8pm

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  • Hi. Mine was discovered in my neck that’s the metastatic bit the primary was in my tonside it’s the usual place where the lymoh nides do their job and contain the cancer I had by time of treatment 7 affected lymoh nofes. 8m now over 5.5 years since treatment finished happily living my life . I think you’ll find he’s having radiotherapy Monday to Friday is the unusual route with in chemo days radiotherapy is fitted in inbetween infusions. That the normal sequence .

    Hazel xx

    Hazel aka RadioactiveRaz 

    My blog is www.radioactiveraz.wordpress.com  HPV 16+ tonsil cancer Now 5 years  post treatment. 35 radiotherapy 2 chemo T2N2NM.Happily getting on with living always happy to help