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Getting Prepared

102172269_8If a health care professional has recently told you that you have head and neck cancer, but you do not yet know all the details of your diagnosis, there are initial steps that you can take to prepare.

Some challenges you are likely to experience during the head and neck disease course may include a change in ability to speak, swallow and obtain adequate nutrition. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®) Clinical Practice Guidelines In Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®)for Head and Neck Cancers, which are based on the evaluation of high-quality clinical studies by experts, recommend initial steps that you can take prior to receiving treatment, which we will review in this section.1Referenced with permission from The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Head and Neck Cancers V.2.2014. © National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc 2014. All rights reserved. Accessed June 18, 2014. To view the most recent and complete version of the guideline, go online to www.NCCN.org. NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE CANCER NETWORK®, NCCN®, NCCN GUIDELINES®, and all other NCCN Content are trademarks owned by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc.

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The advice I give most frequently is to maintain a positive attitude.Gordon O. (laryngeal cancer survivor)

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1 Referenced with permission from The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Head and Neck Cancers V.2.2014. © National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc 2014. All rights reserved. Accessed June 18, 2014. To view the most recent and complete version of the guideline, go online to www.NCCN.org. NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE CANCER NETWORK®, NCCN®, NCCN GUIDELINES®, and all other NCCN Content are trademarks owned by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc.