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Your voice after head and neck radiotherapy

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This page tells you about how radiotherapy to the head and neck area may affect your voice.

If you have radiotherapy treatment to your voice box for cancer of the larynx, your voice may get hoarse or husky. It could disappear completely for a while during and after the treatment. It should come back within a few weeks but may never be quite the same as it was.

Radiotherapy for other types of head and neck cancers may make your voice change a little during and for a few weeks after the treatment. But your voice should go back to normal once your treatment is finished.

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Updated: 4 July 2012