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what advice can you offer to help me live with the effects of head and neck cancer?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
30 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many options: Living after treatment requires attention to rehabilitation (swallowing & speech therapy, voice prosthesis if needed); supportive care for chronic side effects (salagen or exovac for mouth dryness, neck or oral exercises for radiation side effects); long-term dental and oral care; lifestyle changes (diet modification- less fat/red meat, more veggies; quit alcohol & smoking; regular exercise, etc).
Answered on Dec 11, 2014
Dr. Kenneth Lee
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Multidisciplinary: The effects of head and neck cancer often stem from post treatment consequences. Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy can have life long consequences and greatly affect your normal everyday activities. I would suggest getting ancillary help- such as speech pathologists, who can help speech and swallowing issues, dietitians, physical therapists, and your medical oncologist- who can organize help.
Answered on Feb 20, 2013

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