How effective is radiation treatment for squamous cell head and neck cancer?

Depends. Head and neck cancer is very complex and treatments vary depending on where it is and also what stage it is (among other things). Your head and neck cancer surgeon and radiation oncologist should be able to help you.
Radiation an option. Radiation therapy is used quite extensively for head and neck cancers. The area covers nasopharynx, throat, tongue, lip. Sometimes radiation therapy is done by itself, and at times in combination with other modalities like surgery and/or chemotherapy.

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After head and neck cancer treatment, how long will it be before I can eat solid food again?

Depends type of surg. Depends on the type and extent of surgery, like thyroid, or parotid gland cancer will be eating by next day, on the other hand jaw, or tongue, or voice box is removed, takes wks to heal and swelling to subside and will able to eat solid foods. Read more...
H&N treatment is. Tough! we advocate a peg tube to maintain nutrition, and encourage boost/ensure per os. Swallowing is impaired because of salivary secretions are less wet, the lining is inflamed, and the muscles can be toughened. Each person is different. Try swallowing easy foods like pudding and ice cream, jello. It takes 2 wks to one month to heal. Read more...

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

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). Read more...
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. Read more...

Head and neck cancer use mouthwash more than toothpaste?

Use both. It is extremely important to keep your mouth healthy during cancer treatment. You should brush 3 times a day floss 2 times a day and ask your dentist for a flouride gel or mouthwash with flouride in it. Act rinse or the generic equivalent is in drug stores over the counter. Read more...
BOTH! Stay away from alcohol-based mouthwashes. Alcohol is a drying agent, & will work with the radiation therapy to dry mouth out even more. Act Fluoride mouthwash is great. Also dry mouth rinses like biotene is amazing to help create saliva. Salivart spray is also otc that can be ordered from your pharmacist to help get rid of dry mouth. Caphasol has to be prescribed by your dentist; also great! Read more...
Both. If you are in treatment of head and neck cancer Fluoride is very important to ward off decay. Hopefully custom trays were made for you to hold Fluoride gel against your teeth. They should be used daily. Read more...

What to do if I have head and neck cancer survivors with arm pain and numbness?

Have them evaluated. Could be something compressing a nerve in the cervical spine, since they have a hx of cancer they will likely require imaging such as MRI of cervical spine. Read more...

Is HPV a cause of head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?

Yes. Hpv is one of the factor in oropharyngeal cancers, alcohol and tobacco being more important. It is a sexually transmitted disease but oral infections is acquired usually through kissing, which is generally not considered sexual activity. Read more...
Yes & no. Certain head/neck cancers (oropharynx, tonsil, tongue) are associated with hpv infections in ~40% cases; typically in young non-smokers & non-drinkers and also young women. These cancers respond better to standard treatments. Oral sex is a risk for hpv infection in the oral areas but typically an std refers to infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, etc. Read more...
Possibly. Interesting question hpv is now becoming an increasing risk for head and neck cancer. Most people are exposed to it but only a small percentage develop oropharyngeal cancer. That is why it is recommended to give young boys the vaccine. It is in some way an std yes. Unclear if oral sex is the cause ! Read more...
Yes to both. Hpv has been increasingly implicated in head and neck squamous cell cancer (usually tonsil, base of tongue) and is transmitted through sexual contact. It also may be trasmitted through other froms of contact making it not exclusively a std. Read more...