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, social workers can arrange a visit with someone who has had the same treatment.

The following list is a generalization of what side effects could occur, not necessarily what side effects will occur:

Remember, each situation is unique and no two people react alike to treatment.

In fact, side effects may vary from one treatment to the next.

Patients should talk with their physician and nurse about the side effects of treatment.

They can help explain more about what's happening, as well as suggest ways of managing any side effects patients might experience.

Living with cancer involves more than the physical aspects of dealing with the disease.

These programs, such as the Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, provide information and inspiration to head and neck cancer survivors.

Here are some additional resources for the patient, family, friends and co-workers:

  • Download nutritious and appetizing shake recipes
  • Obtain advice on how to talk with a friend who has cancer
  • Learn tips for handling cancer in the workplace

An essential portion of head and neck cancer treatment is the need for rehabilitation after aggressive treatment regimes have been employed.

Cosmetic appearance, swallowing, speech, chewing and psychosocial functioning are all considered part of the rehabilitation package.

Family, too, plays a critical role in supporting and encouraging the patient. Some functions and appearances become different with this disease, but the cancer patient is still the same person.

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