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cancer caused by reflux

By Anonymous October 8, 2011 - 7:03pm
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I finished my radiation for cancer of the larynx in April. What are the chances of it coming back. I go in so regularly to have them look, I'm up to every three months right now. They don't elaborate on this issue much.

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Hi Anonymous,

Congratulations on winning the battle against cancer.

You’ll need regular checkups (such as every two months for the first year) after treatment for laryngeal cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed.

Laryngeal cancer may come back after treatment. Your doctor will check for return of cancer. Checkups may include a physical exam, blood tests, a chest x-ray, a CT scan, or an MRI.

People who have had laryngeal cancer have a chance of developing a new cancer. A new cancer is especially likely for those who use tobacco or who drink alcohol heavily. Doctors strongly urge people who have had laryngeal cancer to stop using tobacco and stop drinking alcohol to cut down the risk of a new cancer and other health problems.

You may find these two articles helpful:
Life After Cancer Treatment: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/life-after-treatment

Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/followup

Wishing you the very best!


October 9, 2011 - 7:44am
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