Newly Diagnosed

Once you have been diagnosed, strongly consider getting a second opinion on your treatment plan. Skill and experience is important to ensure the best outcomes for both surgery and subsequent radiation therapy. If possible, see a head & neck surgeon at an institution that has a fellowship program in advanced training in head & neck oncologic surgery or see a head & neck surgeon who has completed a fellowship in head & neck oncologic surgery. This is your face. This can affect your ability to eat, speak articulately, smile and kiss…the things we live for as humans.

For years, newly diagnosed survivors have contacted me after finding this website. I’ve compiled my responses and advice in the list below. Many of the suggestions are for survivors of any type of cancer because chemotherapy often affects the oral cavity. If you want to add your experience to the list, I’d welcome your comments.