Larynx Cancer (cont.)
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Laryngeal cancer and its treatment can make it hard to swallow, talk, and breathe. Your health care team will help you return to normal activities as soon as possible. The goals of rehabilitation depend on the extent of the disease and type of treatment.
After surgery or radiation therapy, your neck and shoulders may become stiff or weak. Your health care team can teach you exercises that help loosen your neck and shoulder muscles.
Learning to Speak Again
Laryngeal cancer and its treatment can cause problems with talking. A speech-language pathologist can assess your needs and plan therapy, which may include speech exercises.
If you need your entire larynx removed, you must learn to speak in a new way. Talking is part of nearly everything you do, so it's natural to be scared if your larynx must be removed. Losing the ability to talk is hard. It takes practice and patience to learn new ways to speak.
Before surgery or soon after, the speech-language pathologist can describe your choices for speech:
Speech therapy will generally begin as early as possible. If you have surgery, speech therapy may continue after you leave the hospital.
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