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Stage 1 throat cancer, on radiation therapy, having dry throat, difficulty in swallowing. When will I recover?

I was diagnosed with a throat cancer on april 2012 (left vocal chord). I received a laser surgery and I am in process of receiving a radiation therapy (28 cessions which I completed 20 cession so far). I still have a dry throat and very difficult to swallow . My question is considering my cancer was in stage one how long will it take to recover my voice and how will I know if the concer is completely gone. Thank you
Asked On : Wed, 23 May 2012
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Hi, a Stage I throat cancer (vocal cord) is usually treated with a single modality, be it surgery or radiation. You have undergone laser excision for that & then there should be some reason for your doctor to ask for radiation. May be the margins came out as positive. Otherwise voice usually starts recovering around 6-8 weeks post the completion of radiation but the quantum of recovery can be explained by the operating surgeon depending upon how much he/she has excised. Regards
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