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Operation for throat cancer

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I have to make my mind up as to have this op but l am so frightened by what it entails.if l choose not to have it l have about 4months in that time would my own Dr help me get through

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Hello ggmar,

Thank you for getting in touch and welcome to the Online Community.

I can see that you have joined several groups and are already getting great support from others. I hope you will find the community a source of comfort and information.

I notice that you have asked 2 questions, one to the nurses and the other to my Information and Support Advisor colleagues. If you don’t mind, I’m going to combine them both here.

It’s understandable to be worried about the surgery. It has significant side effects that will impact your diet and the recovery sometimes isn’t easy. Coping with cancer of the voice box brings a wide range of emotions.

So, of course you are going to be frightened and have lots of questions. I think most people would react the same way.

Taking the time to write down your questions about the operation can be a useful way to get the best information from your consultant. It also helps you focus on what you want to know and organise your thoughts.

There’s no doubt that making decisions about cancer treatment isn’t easy. There’s so much to think about and I’m sure you must feel overwhelmed with it all.

Of course, no one will force you to have treatment if that’s what you feel is right for you.

At this point, the focus of your care would be to make sure that any symptoms are managed well to maintain your quality of life for as long as possible.

This would involve a number of healthcare professionals, including your GP, who would have overall responsibility for your care while you’re at home.

We would expect the hospital doctors or your GP to make a referral to your local palliative care team to support you. Part of this support will be to talk through issues around end of life care and dying.

Sometimes, it’s helpful to talk things through in more detail and as well as the support from the Online Community you might want to consider calling the Support Line or having a look at local support and information which you can see in our “In your Area” section on the website.

I do hope this information is helpful but don’t hesitate to get back in touch if you have more questions.

Best wishes and take care,


Cancer Information Nurse Specialist