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#201027 11-02-2021 05:15 PM
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Greetings,

I'm 4 years post-treatment for an HPV-16 tumour that settled in my left tonsil cavity. I asked my Oncologist what the potential effects of the radiation exposure I received might be for my left carotid artery. He indicated that I am at greater risk for heart attack & stroke due to the effects of radiation on my carotid artery. I discussed this with my Physician and asked if an ultrasound of my carotid arteries would be in order and she agreed.

The result: 50% - 70% occlusion in my left carotid artery, while the right side proved normal.

She is now consulting with a cardiologist to determine a course of action for this problem.

Has anyone else experienced such an issue? It made sense to me the tissues directly and in-directly influenced by this energy would be adversely affected.

I'm a bit puzzled as to why I was not alerted by a medical professional as to this potential issue, as it seems to me a proactive approach would be beneficial.

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Dan


Stage 3 HPV-16 Tonsilar Tumour with extension to 1 lymph node
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I had a stent placed in my Right Carotid about 4 years after Radiation. I continue with ultrasounds every year to make sure we don't have any more damage. 15 years post treatment now! i was lucky my team at MDACC found the damage at one of my yearly check ups.

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Hi Mentn34,

Thanks for your input on this issue.

Tell me - what other negative consequences from radiation therapy have you experienced?

For me:

> Aged skin appearance on the affected side
> Plaque buildup in the affected carotid artery
> Weakness in the splenius capitis muscle of the posterior neck ( suffer terrible spasms after prolonged contraction of the muscle - usually during scuba diving )
> difficulty swallowing dense foods
> concern about the effects of radiation treatment on the thyroid gland

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Dan


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Dan,

My thyroid issues occurred around year 5 as well I went to the doctor complaining of being tired easily and taking naps which was out of character he order the Thyroid test and bingo that was the issue it took a couple to months to get the medicine to the right level but he got me back to myself with one pill a day. I have had to increase the dosage twice since then. If they do put you on thyroid medicine it is highly recommended you take it first thing in the morning and not eat for apx 30 minutes. (Game Changer) I also have terrible spasms from the base of my skull down my neck and across my shoulder scared me to death first time it happened. I seem to notic3 them the most when the weather is changing a friend brought me some cream for a medically legal state thc it instantly relieves the spasm I have no idea why but it does I just dont always have it with me when it strikes.Radiation causes some discomfort and medical issues but without it we probably wouldnt be around to talk about it. Back to the carotid. my vascular surgeon would not operate until blockage was at 70% so it was a waiting game for a couple of years. I highly recommend you find a surgeon with experience with radiated tissue it took me several calls to find that. I received a stent is was one of the easiest procedures ive ever had I was awake the whole time and watch the procedure on the screen the Doctor was using.

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Thank you kindly for sharing all that information, I greatly appreciate it.

Continued good health to you!

Regards,
Dan


Stage 3 HPV-16 Tonsilar Tumour with extension to 1 lymph node
Currently prepping for Treatment, which is starting Sept. 5th 2017

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