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The Head and Neck CancerConnect Community is for everyone whose life has been touched by a head and neck cancer. It is a place where you can safely voice your ideas, thoughts, and concerns, benefit from the experience of others, and most importantly, realize that you are not alone. This community is for you and about you.

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Mar 21, 2017 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about mouth side effects

Question: I am 2 1/2 years out from having stage III tongue cancer. I still have a very dry mouth, very sticky & gooey saliva. In addition, most of the time I feel like there's a film on my teeth, even right after I brush. Is there anything to help [...]

Posted by @14forest, Mar 21, 2017

There’s no supplements that can be taken to stop this? Its not ok to wait for it to happen without trying to stop or slow down the erosion […]

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Oct 30, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about dry mouth after radiation

Question: Does radiation treatment for vocal chord cancer cause or intensify dry mouth? Response: Yes. Radiation treatment, while required to treat cancer, also results in dry mouth, known as xerostomia, as a result of treatment. Dr. Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head [...]

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Feb 15, 2017 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about precision medicine

Question: Are there any advances in the treatment of neck cancers that use precision medicines? Response: Yes. Advances in the treatment of head and neck cancer are occurring by identifying novel targets, exploring mechanisms of tumor resistance to current therapy, and identifying effective combinations of treatments, whether chemotherapeutic or [...]

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Oct 14, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about side effects of radiation

Question: Is there anything I can do to reduce the mouth sores I am getting from radiation? Response: This is a known side effect of radiation that you should discuss with your radiation oncologist. Dr. Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & [...]

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Oct 14, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about voice changes after radiation

Question: I just completed radiation therapy for throat cancer; my voice has changed; will it return to normal? Response: This is very common after radiation treatment for throat cancer. How the voice responds, depends on the location of the tumor, and the amount of treatment delivered to the larynx. [...]

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Oct 14, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about radiation therapy

Question: It seems like there are different types of machines for delivering radiation therapy for my pharyngeal cancer; how do I know which method of radiation delivery is best? Response: You are correct – for most pharynx cancers, IMRT, or intensity modulated radiation therapy, is the technique employed, which [...]

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Oct 14, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about Treatment and HPV Status

Question: If my cancer is HPV positive, does that change my treatment? Response: Great question, this is a hot area of research. HPV status has tremendous prognostic potential. Currently there are many studies looking at deintensifying treatment for HPV positive oropharynx cancer. There are many national and institutional clinical [...]

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Oct 14, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about HPV Status

Question: Does HPV status affect treatment and when should I be tested for HPV (I have throat cancer)? Response: HPV testing is typically done during the initial pathologic evaluation of your tumor. It can be performed on the primary tumor site or in the lymph nodes. One of the [...]

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Oct 14, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about Surgical Techniques

Question: Are there surgical techniques to reduce or minimize the effects on speech, and/or ability to chew and swallow? Response: Absolutely! Head and neck reconstructive microsurgery has advanced tremendously in the past decade. Our ability to transplant tissue from other parts of the body to reconstruct head and neck defects [...]

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Oct 14, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about immunotherapy

Question: Has immunotherapy improved outcomes in head and neck cancer? What’s on the horizon with clinical trials? Response: It has, particularly in the recurrent and metastatic setting. This article from AACR sums the latest findings in head and neck cancer: http://www.aacr.org/Newsroom/Pages/News-Release-Detail.aspx?ItemID=882#.WAAVuDspo9s Dr. Kang is an Assistant Professor in [...]

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Oct 14, 2016 · @guestmoderatordrkang · Ask the Expert: Question about Selecting a Surgeon

Question: Do you have any tips on how to select the best surgeon? Response: Selecting a surgeon is very important. With regard to cancer care, I always recommend evaluation and treatment at a NCI (National Cancer Institute) designated cancer center. These are typically high volume centers that are specialized [...]

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Sep 27, 2016 · @shivaram · I have been suffering for throat cancer

I have been suffering for throat cancer [...]

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Sep 27, 2016 · @msconnie · How can I get lymphedema sleeves?

How can I get lymphedema sleeves? Insurance will not cover and I have very limited funds

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Sep 16, 2016 · @alisa4 · My husband passed away in November 2005 at the age of 34 [...]

My husband passed away in November 2005 at the age of 34 from squamous cell carcinoma, he had tongue cancer. What annoyed me more than anything is that his dentist excused a tumor (it looked like an ulcer) on his tongue, not one time but twice. We then heard from [...]

Posted by @pati, Sep 15, 2016

I am sorry you lost him but you know h loved you and thats a blessing and I am tired of the surgery and all the other things too..I want to go peacefully .And by my way;At 67 I did a lot growing up maybe to much .People say I […]

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Jan 31, 2017 · @cancerconnect · Have a Question about Head and Neck Cancer? Ask the Expert!

CancerConnect in collaboration with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) to provide you with the opportunity to engage with a head and neck cancer expert, Stephen Y. Kang, MD. On October 14th, 2016, Dr. Kang will answer your [...]

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