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    msndrstood asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Voice changes after chemo/radiation tx

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      Gin

      ChicagoSandy, thanks you for sharing. I learned from your response.

      12 days ago
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      ChicagoSandy, thanks for your response! I must have missed it when it posted. I had some gyn surgery 3 days before I started chemo. They didn't plan to intubate me for the procedure but I developed decreased O2 saturation during the procedure so they did an emergency intubation. I'll bet that was the cause, since I never had that issue prior. And of course I started chemo 3 days later for 6 months, then surgery, then radiation, so I was non stop for a year. There was probably some damage due to all of the treatment, so I'll monitor it. No, sore throat, no enlarged lymph nodes, nothing that would suggest anything serious, just annoying. But I will consider seeing an ENT if it gets any worse. Thanks for the info!

      2 days ago
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      ChicagoSandy

      Believe it or not, one of the best treatments for hoarseness not due to vocal nodules or polyps (both of which require some vocal rest) is voice lessons! Ask an ENT for a referral (he or she might want to "scope" your vocal folds while singing or speaking to see what's going on), or look up National Association of Teachers of Singing to find an instructor with training in vocal anatomy, who can analyze your voice for the type of hoarseness and prescribe specific vocal exercises.

      about 17 hours ago
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