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Hi. I’m starting radiation on side of tongue and neck in the next couple of weeks. Had my partial glossectomy and neck dissection three weeks ago. I’m actually more nervous about radiation than I was about the surgery. The radiation oncologist told me that “attitude is everything” when it comes to coping, and I agree. Any advice/techniques for pushing through this mentally? At this point, I’m trying to take it one day at a time and reminding myself that the side effects are temporary. I worry that I will get bogged down in negativity.

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Well, it is true that our attitude plays a very important role in coping up with the pain. People with positive attitude heals faster than people with a negative attitude and negative thoughts. So it is very important to stay calm & positive during your treatment and do not overstress yourself.

To reduce stress and to control anxiety you can do meditation on a daily basis. It is also helpful to promote emotional health.

For side effects, you can consult with your doctor he can suggest you some good options to cop up with them.

Btw good luck with your upcoming treatment!

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