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Mar 17, 2017 · @dmcfayden · On Hospice Care for Throat Cancer- What to Expect?
84 yr old mother diagnosed Sept 2016 with throat cancer. She does not want treatment and is on hospice care. I am concerned she will choke to death but Dr said it will most likely invade her cerotic artery first. Has anyone dealt with this type of cancer? would like[...]
Oct 17, 2016 · @megm · Research News: Particular HPV Strain Linked to Improved Prognosis
In an analysis of survival data for patients with a particular type of head and neck cancer, researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center confirmed findings that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to a number of cancers, resulted in better overall survival for [...]
Question: Does excessive amounts of stress increase the change of my cancer returning? And is there a time frame after cancer occurrence that I no longer need be concerned about return of cancer? 3 yrs? 5 yrs? Response: This is a very interesting question! I think most physicians would [...]
Question: From time to time, I have cramps from my radiation to the side of my neck. How would I go about treating these muscle contractions? Response: I would discuss this with your radiation oncologist. It is possible that physical therapy may be helpful in your case. Dr. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 & [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]