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Understanding Your Treatment Plan

Your health care team will likely recommend a treatment course based on 1) your specific type of head and neck cancer; 2) disease stage; and 3) clinical guidelines that are based on the best evidence to date from research. These are not the only factors used to select the best treatment options, so you should ask for as much information as possible to understand the benefits, risks and side effects associated with your treatment plan.

There are predominantly three types of therapy for head and neck cancer, which include the following: surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy, or a combination of these therapies.

There was somebody else there, too—I think that’s so important, if you can get a friend or a family member to go there and pay attention to what’s going on. Because as a patient, you’re just focused on, “Holy cow, I’ve got cancer.” John C. (son of a laryngeal cancer patient)