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What rehabilitation or support options are available for patients with head and neck cancers?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Many
Patient centered websites- head neck cancer alliance (headandneck.
Org) or sponc (spohnc.Org) can give info on local support groups, treatments & trials. Rehab options include reconstruction (speech devices, plastic surgery); medications for dry mouth, appetite stimulation, chronic pain; exercises for swallowing & lymphedema; nutrition and psychosocial services are available at doctors offfices.

In brief: Many
Patient centered websites- head neck cancer alliance (headandneck.
Org) or sponc (spohnc.Org) can give info on local support groups, treatments & trials. Rehab options include reconstruction (speech devices, plastic surgery); medications for dry mouth, appetite stimulation, chronic pain; exercises for swallowing & lymphedema; nutrition and psychosocial services are available at doctors offfices.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Many
It is important to seek out complementary and support services before, during, and after your treatment for head and neck cancer.
Depending upon the extent of surgery, radiation, and maybe chemotherapy your needs could vary quite a bit. Speech and swallowing evals and management early are crucial. Nutritional eval. Support groups for sure. Dry mouth management with dental eval. Acupuncture.

In brief: Many
It is important to seek out complementary and support services before, during, and after your treatment for head and neck cancer.
Depending upon the extent of surgery, radiation, and maybe chemotherapy your needs could vary quite a bit. Speech and swallowing evals and management early are crucial. Nutritional eval. Support groups for sure. Dry mouth management with dental eval. Acupuncture.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt
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Dr. Morton Levitt
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Head & Neck Cancer
You should consult with your doctors about support groups in your local area; many are avlaibale online.
The answer also depends on the type of cancer (e.G, salivary glands, thyroid, oral cancers, etc), and the extent of surgery and residual deficits that need to be addressed( e.g., speech with laryngeal cancers, facial reconstruction, etc). Start with http://www.Spohnc.Org/.

In brief: Head & Neck Cancer
You should consult with your doctors about support groups in your local area; many are avlaibale online.
The answer also depends on the type of cancer (e.G, salivary glands, thyroid, oral cancers, etc), and the extent of surgery and residual deficits that need to be addressed( e.g., speech with laryngeal cancers, facial reconstruction, etc). Start with http://www.Spohnc.Org/.
Dr. Morton Levitt
Dr. Morton Levitt
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