Painful swallowing during and after chemo

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TXLiz
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Painful swallowing during and after chemo

Postby TXLiz » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:14 pm

Hey all. Just completed my chemo and have my follow up at MD Anderson April 16th and 17th. Scheduled for a CT scan, labs, and an extended follow up with my onc.

I have noticed that my heartburn got progressively worse during my chemo. It's terrible now...if I eat meat, or bread, it hurts so badly. It hurts going down and burns as well. A few days ago a piece of steak felt as if it was stuck in my esophagus- I started panicking. It eventually went painfully down and it made me feel like it was going to be stuck in my food pipe. Very very uncomfortable.

I wake up each night and take tums or I cannot sleep due to acid reflux.

I have looked and have seen chemo, but more commonly radiation, can effect your esophagus and make you have such symptoms. I definitely am going to tell my onc.

Has anyone had such issues from chemo? I am sort of terrified I have a tumor in my esophagus, as unlikely as it is. My bloodwork at my last chemo was ok. I did have a complete blockage in my colon with no symptoms, that's how my colon cancer was found. I always thought a large tumor in your body would be painful, etc, and now I know that's not always true.

Thanks for any input!

I had a PET scan last September that came back clear.
Vomiting and blockage 9/19/16 46 y F
R hemi colectomy 9/20/16
Stage 3 B CRC, located in cecum
3 out of 16 lymph nodes positive
perineural invasion/lymphovascular invasion
infiltrating, mod differentiated adenocarcinoma with a mucinous component
separate tumor nodules present in pericolonic adipose tissue
Baseline PET scan clear 9/16 CEA 0.5
FOLFOX 10/16- 3/17
April 16th, CT scan clear. CEA 1.1
Lynch "inconclusive"

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WriterGirl1969
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Re: Painful swallowing during and after chemo

Postby WriterGirl1969 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:33 pm

Telling your onc sounds like the right move. I have definitely seen other posts about this kind of side-effect, especially with certain types of chemo. I didn't have this particular side-effect, so I'll leave the responses to others, but considering the timing the probability is that it's a side-effect. I hope you find some relief. I know when I was doing my chemo, I also took Tagamet or (more often) Omeprazole, and it did a good job of keeping the acid reflux at bay. Keep your onc informed and good luck. Keep us posted on how it goes.

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SarahS
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Re: Painful swallowing during and after chemo

Postby SarahS » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:22 am

My husband started noticing that same sort of sensation after treatment 6 of Folfox

He had difficulty swallowing and the feeling as if things were sticking in his esophagus which was worrying.

He was actually experiencing a lot of side effects and feeling generally unwell after this 6th treatment but when he started to up his fluids and in particular electrolytes (Gatorade/coconut water) he found he felt much better and even the swallowing became a good deal easier
He has also been taking Tagamet/cimetidine on a daily basis. We're on treatment number 7 now and so far he has not complained of any heartburn or swallowing issues.

I don;t know if any of these things would help in your case but might be worth a try in addition to mentioning it to your onc

I hope you start to feel better soon :)
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Emergency surgery to remove blockage in cecum 12/03/2016
Stage 4 colon cancer. Mets to liver, peritoneum, possibly lungs
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TXLiz
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Re: Painful swallowing during and after chemo

Postby TXLiz » Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:15 pm

Thanks for your replies! I adjusted my diet and have been drinking more water, and the symptoms have lessened. I def need to take a medication for GERD.
Vomiting and blockage 9/19/16 46 y F
R hemi colectomy 9/20/16
Stage 3 B CRC, located in cecum
3 out of 16 lymph nodes positive
perineural invasion/lymphovascular invasion
infiltrating, mod differentiated adenocarcinoma with a mucinous component
separate tumor nodules present in pericolonic adipose tissue
Baseline PET scan clear 9/16 CEA 0.5
FOLFOX 10/16- 3/17
April 16th, CT scan clear. CEA 1.1
Lynch "inconclusive"

Roachie
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Re: Painful swallowing during and after chemo

Postby Roachie » Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:18 am

Yes to me the throat thing has been pretty bd. I believe it's paart of the Neuropathy. My onc eventually gave me Cymbalta for the nerve endings. Chemo in inter is horrible with such an effect. You can't swalloww nything less than room temp and I came close to dropping things out of the fridge so many times.

Good luck with it...
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Not sure of the jargon and acronyms but...
Diagnosed with Squarmous Cell Carcinoma of the colon, apparently quite rare.
Had open surgery to remove a large tumour nestled between my colon, bladder and spine in Sept 2016.
Undergoing 8 cycles of chemo.... IV on first day then 14 days oral. Currnetly in cycle no.3
Surgeon states all the bad things gone, some lymphatic effect and removed before metatsis.
All looks good but with Turkish as a second language I do end up dealing with the odd surprise.

testing765
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Re: Painful swallowing during and after chemo

Postby testing765 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:35 pm

Hi. Yes, I recall getting sores throats during folfox chemo. And I rarely got sore throats prior to chemo. My throat constricted so much that I was afraid that I would choke if I swallowed the multiple pills that I was required to take on a daily basis. And I didn't have acid reflux until I started to be treated with chemotherapy. It has gotten better since I finished.
male-age 44 at diagnosis
8/14-clnscopy
8/14-CT scan,no mets
9/14-left colectomy,CEA 2.2 before surgery
pT2pN2bpM0
3 cm tumor in dscnding colon
7/23 pos LNs
low grade MSI stable
10/14-start folfox
1/15-CT & PET scan and sigmdoscopy- no mets
3/15-finish folfox
9/15- colonoscopy- 3 polyps removed
10/15- CT scan, NED
10/16- CT scan, NED, CEA 1.6
10/14 1.9; 4/15 2.8; 5/15 2.4; 9/15 2.8; 12/15 3.1; 1/16 3.0; 4/16 2.5; 7/16 2.5; 10/16 1.6; 1/17 1.9

TXLiz
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Re: Painful swallowing during and after chemo

Postby TXLiz » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:28 pm

Thanks again for replies!

I feel better after drinking more and more water.

Good wishes and thanks to you all!
Vomiting and blockage 9/19/16 46 y F
R hemi colectomy 9/20/16
Stage 3 B CRC, located in cecum
3 out of 16 lymph nodes positive
perineural invasion/lymphovascular invasion
infiltrating, mod differentiated adenocarcinoma with a mucinous component
separate tumor nodules present in pericolonic adipose tissue
Baseline PET scan clear 9/16 CEA 0.5
FOLFOX 10/16- 3/17
April 16th, CT scan clear. CEA 1.1
Lynch "inconclusive"


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