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#201469 07-12-2022 06:01 PM
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Hi all: I'm 2.5 years out of radiation and 3 years post partial glossectomy. Doing well, but lately I have notice some soreness on one of my shoulders, and have felt sometimes like there is a bit of pins and needles in the arm. I was wondering if radiation to neck (tightness) has impacted any nerves outside of the neck region for anyone on this board. It's not big pain, it's just very sensitive when I touch it, so it's not the end of the world, but I wondered what others have had in terms of long-term radiation effects. Hope everyone is doing OK. Thanks a lot for those who replied to my posts while I was in treatment.


Stage 3 cancer of right side of tongue
Tumor: t2.
Lymph nose spread
Partial glossectomy and neck dissection (2/12/20)
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Completed six weeks of radiation on 5/6/20
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I and many others have learned that head and neck radiation isn’t over when the treatment is done. The long term damage to the nerves even just small amounts of scatter exposure, down the road damage nerves, and peripheral neuropathy can result. Because all your nerves at the base of the skull end up far away from that location, even tingling or numbness in the legs and feet is possible.
Often these do not manifest till many years after the treatment. There isn’t anything that can be done about this it seems. Keeping the arm, or impacted area, exercised and active will keep the muscles and underlying vascularization healthy which will offset many times this getting any worse. B


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