Treatment for head and neck cancer may cause a number of side effects during and after treatment. Some of them can last for weeks, months, or even years into your survivorship. Learn about the possible side effects and how to manage them. As always, if you have side effects or symptoms that are difficult to manage on your own, please talk with your medical team about interventions that may help. 

Please revisit this page frequently, as we are just beginning to build this library of information and resources! 

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Radiation and chemotherapy can damage the glands in your mouth that produce saliva, reducing or eliminating their ability to keep your mouth moisturized. 

Oral Mucositis

Painful sores in your mouth or throat, caused by cancer treatment, can impact your ability to eat, increase your risk of infection, and temporarily reduce your quality of life. 


Maintaining adequate nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment is critical to your recovery. Get tips and recipes designed for head and neck cancer patients here!


Adjusting to life after laryngectomy surgery is a challenge for survivors. The Laryngectomee Guide is a very useful resource, available in several languages, to help make the transition easier.

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If you feel like there is something going on and don’t quite know, Get Screened. Find out what it is. Too many people wait until it’s too late. The key is early diagnosis.Jim Kelly
NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer, head and neck cancer survivor & 2017 OHANCAW® Spokesperson

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