• Post-Treatment Concerns for Survivors of Head and Neck

    "It's very important that the patient be proactive both during and after treatment. The amount of exercise, for example, is very important."
    — Robert Haddad, MD 

    Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship

    After treatment for head and neck cancers such as thyroid or laryngeal cancers, survivors may face challenges that include dental issues, swallowing problems, intolerance to certain types of food, neck stiffness, or pain from scarring and fibrosis. There are ways to overcome such challenges.

    What You Can Do

    • Work with your care team. Rehabilitation is often a vital part of treatment for patients with head and neck cancer. This can include consulting with a nutritionist, seeing a speech therapist, or physical therapy to improve flexibility of the neck and learn swallowing exercises.
    • Eat right. Eating certain foods may be difficult after treatment for head and neck cancer. Consult with a nutritionist to learn about healthy foods that fit with your dietary need and physical limitations.
    • Quit smoking, and limit the amount of alcohol you consume. Smoking and drinking are risk factors for recurrence of head and neck cancers. Learn about creating a wellness plan with specific steps for staying healthy after cancer treatment.
    • Talk with your doctor. You need regular follow-up care to ensure that you're staying on track with your care plan.
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