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swollen parotid glands
Aug 7, 2004

I had a CT done and then had raditation treatments for swollen parotid glands about a year ago. The glands did shrink a bit, but they could go some more. I went back to my doctor to ask for another treatment,and he said that he thought it woudld not help at the same low radation dose I had before. He thinks that the only way to try for improvement would be to up the dose but I would risk losing part of my salivory glands(permanent dry mouth). Have you had any luck with patients having two series of low dose treatements and getting results from both?

Thanks, A reader from Dallas, TX

Response from Dr. Henry

I have had some patients undergo 2nd and 3rd low dose treatments with varying success. The risk for dry-mouth has to be taken seriously so I usually advocate for the more conservative (try the low dose radiation) approach. KH

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