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Some tips for patients undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancers by Aren Karapetyan
Apr 21, 2024, 11:55

Some tips for patients undergoing radiation therapy for head and neck cancers by Aren Karapetyan

Aren Karapetyan, Medical Resident at Yerevan State Medical University named after Mkhitar Heratsi and Secretary at the shared a post on LinkedIn:

“April 16-22: Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week!

As we observe Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week from April 16th to 22nd, it’s crucial to shed light on the importance of early detection, treatment, and support for individuals facing this challenging diagnosis.

For those undergoing radiation therapy as part of their treatment journey for head and neck cancer, here are some essential guidelines to consider:

  • Preparation is Key: Before starting radiation therapy, it’s essential to be well-prepared. This includes seeing your dentist for a thorough dental check-up and addressing any issues before treatment begins. Your dentist can also provide valuable insights into how radiation may affect your oral health and recommend preventive measures.
  • Consultation with Specialists: Your healthcare team will consist of various specialists, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurses, dentists, swallowing specialists, and dietitians. Each plays a crucial role in your care, offering support, guidance, and expertise tailored to your unique needs.
  • Managing Side Effects: Radiation therapy can lead to side effects, such as difficulty swallowing and oral mucositis. Your radiation oncologist and will provide you with strategies to manage these side effects effectively. Additionally, your doctor will help you select foods that are easy to swallow and provide the necessary nutrition during treatment.
  • Quitting Smoking: Smoking is a significant risk factor for head and neck cancer. If you currently smoke, quitting is essential to improve treatment outcomes and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Your healthcare team can offer resources and support to help you quit smoking successfully.
  • Ongoing Support: Throughout your treatment and beyond, you’ll have access to a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who are dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. From emotional support to practical assistance, they are here to ensure you receive comprehensive care.
    By raising awareness and sharing valuable information, we can empower individuals affected by head and neck cancer to navigate their treatment with confidence and resilience.

Together, let’s spread hope, support, and awareness during Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week and beyond. P.S. Here some online recources for more information:

Source: Aren Karapetyan/LinkedIn

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