Life After Treatment

16133665The post-treatment time period is from the completion of treatment through two years after the completion period.1 Logemann JA, Pauloski BR, Rademaker AW, et al. Swallowing disorders in the first year after radiation and chemoradiation. Head Neck. 2008 Feb;30(2):148-58. Your post-treatment care will involve periodic follow-up visits with your doctor to make sure your cancer does not return. You may also need ongoing rehabilitation for speaking, swallowing and nutritional needs.
The journey is never over. You grasp life differently. You live it because you never know what life’s going to throw at you.Tony L. (oral cancer survivor)


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