Advice needed.

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Hi all. 
I’m new to the group. My brother has recently been diagnosed with tonsil cancer. He is having his tonsil removed today and then in 6 weeks will begin 6 weeks of daily radiotherapy on his neck and weekly chemotherapy. I just wondered if there was anything I could do in the form of a care package for him to help/ease the side effects of his treatment 

many thanks. 

  • Hi  

    Have a look here    and Hazel’s blog here

    Three really good accounts of what is to come. 
    You can have a quick Look at my blog linked at the bottom of this post might be useful. 
    He will be well looked after by his support team. Seeing as he will be at home I’m not sure of a care package. Take the dog out. Do his shopping and help with the  housework. Keep him company when he needs it. The treatment is awful and sometimes we just need space to not be fussed over. Has he a partner? His partner needs respite too so be a friend there. 
    Im sure I’ve missed out quite a bit but there are lots of people to pitch in. 


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

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

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  • Hi and welcome from me.  Dani has pointed out some valuable resources. 

    I will add that the pain of tonsillectomy is the worst he will have during the whole of his treatment.  After he comes out of hospital the pain will subside, but don't be fooled into thinking it has gone.  A few days later it will build to a crescendo and be mainly gone by day 10 or so.  Get him to take whatever painkillers they give him and if he is uncomfortable get your GP to give him something stronger.  I found taking paracetamol around 30 minutes before I wanted to eat made swallowing more tolerable, but it still hurt!

    See my profile for more details of my convoluted journey