Larynx Cancer (cont.)
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What follow-up care is needed after treatment for throat cancer?
You'll need regular checkups (such as every two months for the first year) after treatment for laryngeal cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed.
Laryngeal cancer may come back after treatment. Your doctor will check for return of cancer. Checkups may include a physical exam, blood tests, a chest X-ray, a CT scan, or an MRI.
People who have had laryngeal cancer have a chance of developing a new cancer. A new cancer is especially likely for those who use tobacco or who drink alcohol heavily. Doctors strongly urge people who have had laryngeal cancer to stop using tobacco and stop drinking alcohol to cut down the risk of a new cancer and other health problems.
What support is available for patients with larynx cancer?
Learning that you have laryngeal cancer can change your life and the lives of those close to you. These changes can be hard to handle. It's normal for you, your family, and your friends to need help coping with the feelings that a diagnosis of cancer can bring.
Concerns about treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are common. You may also worry about caring for your family, keeping your job, or continuing daily activities.
Here's where you can go for support:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/14/2014