novoicebox's Journey with Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Survivor: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer > Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Patient Info: Prefer not to answer/not applicable/unsure, Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 66, Stage IV

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    • novoicebox
    • Experience with Laryngeal and Hypop...
    about 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    My Hospital is number 1..... My surgeon is the top in his field!

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • novoicebox
    • Experience with Laryngeal and Hypop...
    about 4 years ago
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    Radiation or Surgery

    Decision Point

    I had to decide between radiation or surgery. I had Cancer on both vocal chords. I skipped radiation, and had a Laryngectomy. I regret having the surgery, even though it was the best thing to do medically.

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    • Experience with Laryngeal and Hypop...
    about 4 years ago
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    Swallowing problems

    Side Effects

    I already had many medical problems. Now, I have multiple side effects.

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    • novoicebox
    • Experience with Laryngeal and Hypop...
    about 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    The loss of my voice was much worse than I had thought it would be. It's sad, and very frustrating!

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    • novoicebox
    • Experience with Laryngeal and Hypop...
    about 4 years ago
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    Home care

    Other Care

    My home care was good, but I felt guilty that my best friend was my caregiver. I still feel bad..... On the plus side, I had a wonderful homecare nurse.

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