People who receive treatment for head and neck cancer can have difficulty swallowing at different points in time of their cancer treatment. The causes of swallowing difficulty can be complex and related to multiple factors: tumor growth resulting in injury to normal tissue, surgery-induced damage to the oral and/or pharyngeal (throat) muscles, and/or excessive scarring from radiation.
Survey Opportunity: Dry Mouth
Are you impacted by dry mouth? If so, Oral Fluid Dynamics, LLC. is requesting your feedback through a short, online survey.
This company is in the process of creating a revolutionary dental implant that functions as an artificial salivary gland, providing continuous relief. The device taps the self-replenishing fluid from within the jaw bone. It filters the fluid to remove cellular material and transfers it into the mouth as substitute saliva.
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Radiation Associated Dysphagia
I didn’t have trouble swallowing right after my radiation treatment, so why now, years later?
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Applying for Disability Benefits with Head and Neck Cancer
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A Walk Through the Fire: A Resource for HNC Patients
The Head and Neck Cancer Living Foundation out of Kansas City put together a 15-minute documentary describing the journeys of six head and neck cancer survivors from diagnosis through the aftermath of the treatments.
The HNC Living Foundation funded this video to help compassionate people understand the devastation and intensity of the process and to draw donations to help those who have no insurance, are under-insured or who’s insurance simply runs out. The costs of living after the treatment can break a person financially and emotionally.
Watch this video: https://vimeo.com/212089320
Your Cancer Game Plan
Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is sharing his personal experience as part of “Your Cancer Game Plan.” This new awareness campaign focuses on tackling the emotional, nutritional and communication needs of those facing cancer. To help address these challenges the campaign aims to provide support and resources, including Kelly’s video on how to remain positive along with healthy recipes for those with head and neck cancer. Jim’s hope in sharing his experience is to inspire others to act and know their game plan.
Your Cancer Game Plan is a collaboration between U.S. and International industry and patient advocacy groups. Click here for further information.