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What should I expect after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Dry mouth

Depending on the radiation field.
. Dry mouth is very common, hoarseness, and tightening of the skin of the neck. Sometimes difficulty swallowing.

In brief: Dry mouth

Depending on the radiation field.
. Dry mouth is very common, hoarseness, and tightening of the skin of the neck. Sometimes difficulty swallowing.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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In brief: Dental problems also

The dry mouth increases the decay rate and the pattern is different from traditional caries as the decay is rapid onset, circumferential, and generally hard to treat with frequent recurrence.
When teeth are extracted the bone may not heal and bone death and loss of jaw is possible. This is called osteoradionecrosis.

In brief: Dental problems also

The dry mouth increases the decay rate and the pattern is different from traditional caries as the decay is rapid onset, circumferential, and generally hard to treat with frequent recurrence.
When teeth are extracted the bone may not heal and bone death and loss of jaw is possible. This is called osteoradionecrosis.
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Many issues

Radiation therapy can give short-term and permanent side effects.
Mouth sores, swallowing difficulties, pain, skin burns usually happen during and right after radiation nut get better over time. Permanent side effects include mouth dryness, swallowing difficulties, skin thickening, speech changes.

In brief: Many issues

Radiation therapy can give short-term and permanent side effects.
Mouth sores, swallowing difficulties, pain, skin burns usually happen during and right after radiation nut get better over time. Permanent side effects include mouth dryness, swallowing difficulties, skin thickening, speech changes.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Radiation

Great question. Many people have redness of the skin, dry mouth and throat and problems with swallowing.
It depends on the areas that are radiated. Hang in there with it. It usually gets better with time.

In brief: Radiation

Great question. Many people have redness of the skin, dry mouth and throat and problems with swallowing.
It depends on the areas that are radiated. Hang in there with it. It usually gets better with time.
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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