Loose teeth,and endless chemo

Morning All,

I have undergone 39 courses of chemo and immuno,therapy. Nobody told me how terrible I would feel for months on end.

That the nutrients being wiped out would cause the gums to recede, and all my top teeth become painfully loose. It's gone so far,that I am now down to soft foods and soup. No dental insurance means I have to deal with this painful situation,as maintenance chemo keeps beating the hell out of my system.

4 Replies

  • Angie,

    After a couple of scares with dry mouth and receding gums, I've learned that dental problems are quite common as a result of cancer treatment. I'm sorry that you are dealing with such serious damage and discomfort.

    Are there any nonprofits that help people with access to healthcare in your area? They might be able to help you find some help.


  • Anita made a great suggestion. One resource you might check is cancercare.org. I can't imagine what its like to try to maintain a healthy weight and not be able to enjoy your food. I wish you well and hope for a solution to present itself.

  • Angie,

    So sorry - that just sounds miserable. But I am glad you came here.

    Please try a couple of things: call 211 (just like dialing 911), it is the United Way's number and they have trained personnel to help you find the resources you need.

    Also, you might want to give Patient Advocate Foundation a try - 800.532.5274 or patientadvocate.org. The HealthWell Foundation can help with insurance premiums if that is a struggle - healthwellfoundation.org 800.675.8416.

    If you have a social worker or nurse navigator on your medical team - make sure you tap them for help too! They know what is available in your area.

    Please give these resources a try and keep us updated!

    Thinking of you!

  • I'm a retired RN with stage 4 Adeno Carcinoma of the lung. Diagnosed 4 + years ago. Being treated the the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Superb care and I owe them my success. Sloan Kettering gave me months to live. I strongly urge and recommend a radical change in diet to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. You need to give your body the arsenal of ammunition to defeat this monster awakened in you. I urge you to buy the book and follow the nutrition recommendations of "Anti Cancer A New Way of Life", by David Servan-Schreiber M.D., PhD. He was a brilliant neurologist diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor with a few months to live. With a lot of research and studies he altered his nutrition and survived 15 more years. He cites many nutritional changes with facts and figures to back up each suggestion. He's done the homework for us. This has become my bible. Give your body the chance it needs and deserves. Put the odds in your favor. He does recommend traditional treatment but that alone is not enough. . You must be your own proactive health advocate. You must be 100% involved in your care. Ask a lot of questions be a partner don't just sit back and follow directions like a puppy. Make those nutritional changes you need, to make your body as healthy as it can be. Gargle 2x a day with an antiseptic mouthwash, Biotene is good and helps with dry mouth. YOU CAN DO THIS just start helping yourself.

    Wishing you the best and my prayers are with you. Please be in touch anytime if I can help with any questions..