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After your treatment| has finished, your cancer specialist will ask you to go back to the hospital for regular check-ups where they will examine you and possibly carry out scans or x-rays.
Your follow-up check-ups will often continue for several years. If you have any problems or notice any new symptoms| in between appointments, tell your doctor as soon as possible.
For people whose treatment is over apart from regular check-ups, the section on life after cancer| gives useful information.
Two things that may increase your risk| of cancer of the larynx coming back are smoking| and drinking alcohol|. Your cancer specialist or GP can advise you on your alcohol intake and give you information about how to stop smoking. There is also a free NHS smoking helpline| and QUIT|, which both give help and support if you are trying to give up smoking.
We also have information about eating well| if you have cancer, eating well after cancer treatment|, diet and caner|, and exercise.
Some side effects that develop during treatment may take a long time to improve or may occasionally become permanent (long-term side effects). Other effects can develop many years after treatment has finished (late effects). You may not experience any late side effects at all, or they may range from being mild to more serious. Any side effects will depend upon the treatment you had. Always let your doctor know about any problems you are experiencing.
Possible long-term or late effects after treatment for laryngeal cancer include:
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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