Ask Selma!

Q. My husband has very early stage squamous cell carcinoma on one side of the voice box on the vocal cord. He is receiving 33 days of radiation treatments and is nearing the end. He still coughs some and his voice is off and raspy? What are his odds of further chemo or surgery? AND SURVIVAL OVERALL?? PLEASE RESPOND AND THANK YOU.

A. I am pleased to hear that your husband was diagnosed with oral cancer at an early stage and is nearing the end of treatment. It is not surprising that his voice is raspy and not consistent. It is also very natural to be wondering about survival and long term outcome. Your husband had the advantage of being diagnosed and treated early and that is very good. His routine follow up care with his physician is very important. I hope that these head and neck cancer resources will be useful to you – The Oral Cancer Foundation, Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) and The Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, Inc.. Also, please listen to the archived head and neck special on The Group Room cancer talk radio show, #585 4/22/2007. Tune in again for another head and neck cancer radio special coming up on March 30, 2008 at Vital Options, 4-6pm ET. My good thoughts are with you and your husband.

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