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Could you tell me what are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat?

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Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Throat related

After treatment and long term, stiff neck, difficulty swallowing, change in voice, dry mouth, dental and gingival issues, thyroid damage. The degree and extent of these depends on the amount of neck and throat in treatment field (one side vs both, just vocal cords or larger region).

In brief: Throat related

After treatment and long term, stiff neck, difficulty swallowing, change in voice, dry mouth, dental and gingival issues, thyroid damage. The degree and extent of these depends on the amount of neck and throat in treatment field (one side vs both, just vocal cords or larger region).
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt
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Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Soreness

Radiation therapy to the throat can cause numerous side effects both long and short term. In the short term patients can expect hoarseness, difficult and painful swallowing and soreness/redness of the skin.
In the long run there can be changes in taste, hypothyroidism, voice changes and swallowing changes as well as long term changes of the skin of the neck.

In brief: Soreness

Radiation therapy to the throat can cause numerous side effects both long and short term. In the short term patients can expect hoarseness, difficult and painful swallowing and soreness/redness of the skin.
In the long run there can be changes in taste, hypothyroidism, voice changes and swallowing changes as well as long term changes of the skin of the neck.
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
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