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Life After Head and Neck Cancer

Any cancer survivor will tell you that cancer is no walk in the park.

Having survived cancer is something to celebrate and rejoice about. However it can take a while for cancer survivors to look in the mirror and start smiling again.

Patients with head and neck cancers face many challenges that can affect their quality of life. Many of the post surgical side-effects can result in speech dysfunction or facial disfigurement. In addition, organ-sparing chemo radiation treatments can result in difficulty in swallowing, dry mouth, and dental damage. Continue reading Life After Head and Neck Cancer

All About Oral, Head and Neck Cancers

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

According to a 2017 study of the American Cancer Society, it is estimated about 49,670 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.  And an estimated 9,700 people will die of these cancers. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, floor of the mouth, soft and hard palate, sinuses and throat. Continue reading All About Oral, Head and Neck Cancers

Thyroid Cancer

January is American Thyroid Awareness Month

Protect Yourself and Your Family.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2016 there were about 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer reported in the United States.  More than 49,000 of the new cases were women. Women are more likely to have thyroid cancer than men. Thyroid cancer can occur in any age group, although it is much more common after the age of 30, and it increases significantly in older adults.     Continue reading January is American Thyroid Awareness Month

Dr. Friedman Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Thyroid Cancer

FAQ’s

Does a thyroid tumor affect my thyroid function?

Thyroid tumors almost never affect function. Patients with a thyroid nodule will usually have normal function. The nodule is something removed because of the risk of malignancy.

How is thyroid cancer treated?

Surgery is almost always curative. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are rarely used. Continue reading Dr. Friedman Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Thyroid Cancer

Natural Remedies and Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which the regular breathing process stops suddenly and frequently, while the person is asleep. It is a potentially serious disorder and needs prompt treatment before it potentially affects the patient’s health and causes weight gain, low energy and long-term heart problems.

Many of us are no doubt affected with Sleep apnea and snoring and may not be aware of the problem. Sleep apnea differs significantly from normal snoring and there are many ways to detect and cure sleep apnea-related snoring

Sleep apnea is characterized by:

  • Loud and chronic snoring
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Long pauses in breathing which awakens the sleeper
  • Daytime sleepiness and constant tiredness
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Restless or fitful sleep
  • Waking up and feeling out of breath
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Insomnia

The most common remedy for sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, although there are alternatives and the best treatments are natural remedies for sleep apnea. The natural ways to cure sleep apnea are:

  • Lose excess weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid alcohol and other stimulants at least two hours before bed
  • Sleep on your side, not on the back
  • Check for underlying allergies or sinus problems, as sinus blockage also causes snoring
  • Stop smoking
  • Practice exercises to strengthen throat muscles and control breathing

There are reputed medical facilities and specialized Sleep Apnea Advanced Center, where chronic snoring and sleep apnea is treated with non-invasive and/or minimally invasive procedures. These include nasal valve repair, nonsurgical tonsil reduction, radio frequency, palatal stiffening, and robotic assisted procedures.

These are just a few lifestyle-related natural remedies. Another category of treatment is alternative medicine/tracking sleeping patterns, which record the body’s rhythm during sleep and provides clues to get it back to its natural order. These alternative treatments include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Keeping a sleep diary of symptoms and how they affect your sleep
  • Ask a partner or setup a system to record yourself while sleeping. This documented proof shows what happens in your sleep so you can self-diagnose and get the assistance you need.

If these homecare remedies do not result in any progress, visit a professional healthcare or sleep apnea center for help solving your sleep apnea issues.

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Understanding Head And Neck Cancers

The specter of any type of cancer makes most anyone shiver in fear of being affected. The types of cancers that attack the head and neck include those within the oral cavity, larynx, salivary glands, nose or nasal passages and pharynx are responsible for about three percent of cancer malignancies diagnosed in the United States each year. Classic research reveals that head and neck cancers are more common in men than in women. The most critical risk factors contributing to head and neck cancer diagnoses are tobacco and alcohol consumption. In addition, infections from certain human papillomavirus (HPV) are now being found to account for about half of all cases of oropharyngeal cancers. Standard head and neck cancer treatment includes radiation therapy, surgery and in certain instances, chemotherapy.

Most cancers diagnosed at an early stage are curable and there are various treatment options available including head and neck cancer surgery. Some of the most prevalent risk factors contributing to the incidence of head and neck cancers include the following.

  • Tobacco: Tobacco consumption, whether chewable or smokeless, amplify the risk of mouth cancer. Tobacco is chiefly responsible for the cancers found in the oral cavity, hypo pharynx and larynx.
  • Alcohol: Drinking alcohol for years increases the risk of mouth and throat cancer. Not surprisingly, people who consume both alcohol and tobacco are at a much greater risk of developing head and neck cancers than others.
  • Smoking: Long- or short-term smoking of cigars, pipes or cigarette poses a great risk of developing some form of head or neck cancer. Smoking raises the odds of contracting cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box. Holding a cigarette in the mouth for extended periods also increases the risk of lip cancer.
  • Radiation and Sunlight: Unprotected exposure to direct sunlight or harmful amount of radiation is a frequent factor cited in head and neck-related cancer statistics. Studies reveal that nearly one out of three people diagnosed with lip cancer are outdoor workers. Skin cancers have an elevated incidence in people with driving occupations such as taxi drivers and long-distance truckers who expose their faces to harsh sunlight without protection.
  • Occupational Exposure: Prolonged exposure to synthetic fibers and asbestos has been widely linked with the cancers of head and neck. Workers involved in construction, textile, ceramic, food, metal and logging may have a great risk of cancer of the larynx because of inhaling possibly carcinogenic particles for prolonged periods. Cancer of the nasal cavity and Para-nasal sinuses has also been traced to excessive exposure to nickel, leather dust and wood particles.
  • Family History: People with an immediate family history of someone affected with head and neck cancer are highly vulnerable to developing the same type of cancer due to their shared environment.

In every instance, doctors advise a prompt visit to a specialist or a clinic experienced in head and neck cancer treatment, so that this debilitating disease can be cured and controlled at an early stage.

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