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What to ask your doctor about coping with salivary gland cancer

Men and women discussing salivary gland cancer

This page has questions about living with salivary gland cancer. You may want to ask your doctor

  • How will my treatment affect my appearance?
  • Will I have any long term effects from my treatment?
  • Will I have any trouble with talking after treatment and will this be permanent?
  • If I have speaking problems, who can I go to for help?
  • Will my treatment affect my sex life?
  • Will my treatment make it difficult for me to eat and drink normally, and will this be permanent?
  • If I have difficulty eating, who can I go to for help?
  • Will I need a special diet?
  • Is there anything I shouldn’t eat?
  • Will I need any extra vitamins or other diet supplements?
  • How do I see a dietician?
  • Will I be able to go back to work?
  • Where can I get help with claiming benefits and grants?
  • What practical help is available?
  • Are my children at risk of getting a head and neck cancer?
  • Why did this happen to me?
  • Where can I get help dealing with my feelings?
  • Can you refer me for counselling?
  • Do I have to pay for counselling?
  • Could you refer me to a specialist head and neck nurse?
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Updated: 1 July 2014