Oral, Head, Neck & Thyroid Cancers Information

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General Information About Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a gland at the base of the throat near the trachea (windpipe). It is shaped like a butterfly, with a right lobe and a left lobe. The isthmus, a thin piece of tissue, connects the two lobes. A healthy thyroid is a little larger than a quarter. It usually cannot be felt through the skin.

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Managing Speech and Swallowing Difficulties Resulting from Head and Neck Cancer

by Jan S. Lewin, PhD

Head and neck cancer often results in significant functional changes in speech, voice, and swallowing. These problems can occur as a result of the disease but also because of the treatment. It is important to have a thorough and realistic understanding of the functional effects of treatment because the restoration of communication and the ability to swallow may be critical to your treatment decision.

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Finding a New Normal after Esophageal Cancer

by Penny Damaskos, LCSW, OSW-C

Survival rates for all cancers are on the rise, including those for people diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer survivors face many of the same quality of life issues that all cancer survivors face: the need to make adjustments in the physical, psychological, and practical realms.

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