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

After treatment for laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer, special help may be needed to adjust to the effects of treatment. The type and duration of side effects depends on the type and extent of treatment. Some side effects are temporary, and some are permanent. We're here to assist patients and their families in successfully managing any side effects. Doctors, nurses, dietitians and speech therapists can suggest ways to deal with side effects. It may help to talk with another patient, too. In many instances...

What are the warning signs of head and neck cancers?

Warning signs of head and neck cancers depend on the location of the cancer. Sometimes there are no warning signs. That's why men and women over 40 may wish to get an annual cancer-related health checkup, especially if they use tobacco or alcohol. Having any of the following symptoms for more than two weeks warrants a visit to a physician: A sore on the lip or in the mouth that does not heal A lump on the lip or in the mouth or throat A white (leukoplakia) or red patch on the gums, tongue or lining of the m...

What are the side effects of treatment for Endocrine Cancer?

The methods used to treat endocrine cancer are very powerful. That's why treatment often causes side effects. Fortunately, most side effects are temporary. The side effects of chemotherapy depend on the drugs given and the individual response of the patient. Chemotherapy commonly affects rapidly growing cells, such as blood cells that fight infection and cells that line the digestive tract. As a result, patients may have side effects such as lower resistance to infection, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiti...