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.
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.
- Tender mouth sores
- Dry mouth due to reduction of saliva
- Less saliva and more tooth decay
- Change in the way the voice sounds, weak voice
- Feeling of a lump in the throat
- Extreme fatigue
- Red or dry skin (at the site of radiation therapy)
- Sensitive tongue
- Bitter taste in mouth
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Numbness in parts of the neck and throat
- Weak and stiff shoulder and neck (if lymph nodes were also removed)
- Lowered resistance to infection
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hair loss
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.
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.
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
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.