Angélil was originally diagnosed in 1999. Dion “retired” from singing for two years to be at home with René. In December 2013, it was announced that René’s cancer had returned and that he had undergone successful surgery to treat it.
In June 2014, Angélil stepped down as Celine’s manager when his cancer returned, prompting Celine to decide, once again, to stay home and care for him.
Apparently, things are not going that well for René. Previous radiation therapy has left him partially deaf. He is unable to speak, and must be fed three times a day through a feeding tube.
Despite this, René and sons René-Charles, 14, and twins Eddy and Nelson, 4 want Celine to perform again and have been helping her plan her return to Vegas.
“I am scared of losing him, because it’s bad. But I have to show myself, my husband and my kids that I’m strong and we’re okay.”
“René will be in the audience [on opening night]. I promise there will be high, happy notes, but it’s going to be very emotional for me.”
What are the oral complications of cancer treatment?
Cancer patients have a high risk of oral complications for a number of reasons:
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy slow or stop the growth of new cells.
These cancer treatments slow or stop the growth of fast growing cells, such as cancer cells. Normal cells in the lining of the mouth also grow quickly, so anticancer treatment can stop them from growing, too. This slows down the ability of oral tissue to repair itself by making new cells.
Radiation therapy may directly damage and break down oral tissue, salivary glands, and bone.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy upset the healthy balance of bacteria in the mouth.
Cancer treatment can cause mouth and throat problems.
Complications of chemotherapy
Oral complications caused by chemotherapy include the following:
Inflammation and ulcers of the mucous membranes in the stomach or intestines.
Easy bleeding in the mouth.
Complications of radiation therapy
Oral complications caused by radiation therapy to the head and neck include the following:
Fibrosis (growth of fibrous tissue) in the mucous membrane in the mouth.
Tooth decay and gum disease.
Breakdown of tissue in the area that receives radiation.
Breakdown of bone in the area that receives radiation.
Fibrosis of muscle in the area that receives radiation.
Damage to hearing.
Complications caused by either chemotherapy or radiation therapy
The most common oral complications may be caused by either chemotherapy or radiation therapy. These include the following:
Inflamed mucous membranes in the mouth.
Infections in the mouth or that travel through the bloodstream. These can reach and affect cells all over the body.
Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.
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