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Lani,

Someone posted a while back that they use a spray bottle of water at night..just keep it at their bedside and spritz water when they are dry. I thought that was a great idea...you could almost stay in a prone position and spritz away before you get too awake.

It was just a thought along with the use of the Biotene products which, if I understand correctly, not only help with moisture but replace enzymes necessary for good oral health.

Glad you found this board...it will be such a help physically and mentally.

Deb


Deb..caregiver to husband, age 63 at diagnosis, former smoker who quit in 1997.
DIAGNOSIS: 6/26/07 SCC right tonsil/BOT T4N0M0
TREATMENT START: 8/9/07 cisplatin/taxol X 7..IMRT twice daily X 31.5.
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PEG OUT: 1/08
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I also found that the Biotene chewing gum would help produce saliva during the day.

Strange thing now that I have my "new" tongue constructed from my wrist tissue is that dry mouth at night and in the morning doesn't bother me as much. It sure does make a difference in my speech clarity if my mouth is either too dry or too wet.


Age 67 1/2
Ventral Tongue SCC T2N0M0G1 10/05
Anterior Tongue SCC T2N0M0G2 6/08
Base of Tongue SCC T2N0M0G2 12/08
Three partial glossectomy (10/05,11/05,6/08), PEG, 37 XRT 66.6 Gy 1/06
Neck dissection, trach, PEG & forearm free flap (6/08)
Total glossectomy, trach, PEG & thigh free flap (12/08)
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Don't forget the humidifier by the bed at night. This should also help with the dry mouth. Try to find one that isn't too noisy. I had to replace mine and bought the same brand and the new one kept me awake. Since I'm no longer bone dry, I don't need one.

Take care,
Eileen


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Aug 1997 unknown primary, Stage III
mets to 1 lymph node in neck; rt ND, 36 XRT rad
Aug 2001 tiny tumor on larynx, Stage I total laryngectomy; left ND
June 5, 2010 dx early stage breast cancer
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Dr. Mike,
I'd like to get a box of free Biotene samples sent to my Mom. Where do I go on their website to do this? There seems to be a section for you doctors but not one for us patients. Do I just click on the link at the bottom of that section and send an email requesting free samples. If so, what dept should it go to?

Thanks,
Eileen


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Aug 1997 unknown primary, Stage III
mets to 1 lymph node in neck; rt ND, 36 XRT rad
Aug 2001 tiny tumor on larynx, Stage I total laryngectomy; left ND
June 5, 2010 dx early stage breast cancer
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The samples boxes that people got, were given away when they were doing a survey of our board members a while back, as a thank you for participating. I know they are not doing that anymore. But they do give away small bags of VERY small samples still, usually by giving them to treating institutions to give out to new patients. I do not believe that they do this over their web site.


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Phooey, I was hoping to get Mom a sample box like I had. I had taken a mouthwash and toothpaste sample down when I visited her last year and she apparnently liked them so much she is now asking for Biotene for a Christmas present. I was hoping to surprise her with a sample box. Thanks for the info Brian.

Take care,
Eileen


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Aug 1997 unknown primary, Stage III
mets to 1 lymph node in neck; rt ND, 36 XRT rad
Aug 2001 tiny tumor on larynx, Stage I total laryngectomy; left ND
June 5, 2010 dx early stage breast cancer
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That seems like the perfect gift for your mom. The large size is $5.97 for the mouthwash and about the same for the toothpaste. I don't have any teeth but do brush all of my mouth inside . What a difference it makes. Tell her Merry Christmas for all of our family.


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I have a couple of different tongue scrapers to try and deal with whatever that cottage cheese-looking stuf is that forms on my tongue.


Age 67 1/2
Ventral Tongue SCC T2N0M0G1 10/05
Anterior Tongue SCC T2N0M0G2 6/08
Base of Tongue SCC T2N0M0G2 12/08
Three partial glossectomy (10/05,11/05,6/08), PEG, 37 XRT 66.6 Gy 1/06
Neck dissection, trach, PEG & forearm free flap (6/08)
Total glossectomy, trach, PEG & thigh free flap (12/08)
On August 21, 2010 at 9:20 am, Pete went off to play with the ratties in the sky.
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At the hospital where I was treated the radiation dept gave me some sample packs of biotene products. They were very tiny samples only about 1oz.

Pete...
Did you ever have thrush? Check the insides of your cheeks too.


Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
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OC 3x in 3 years
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Pete - white stuff on your tongue, would that not be thrush / yeast? i would have it tested to see because it most likely is and you need to get that tended to ... trust me on this one ... i had it and they did not diagnose it for a coons age and it got down my throat and made it where i could not swallow anything until they treated it... dont want to see that happen to you


Rita - Age 44
wife, mother of 4 - ages 3,16,21,24 & grandma to 1
(R upper) Maxillectomy 8/8/08 - UW / Seattle, WA.

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