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Support after laryngeal cancer

Cancer of the larynx can affect people both emotionally and practically. If treatment has affected the way you breathe or speak, it can affect the way you feel about yourself and how you live your life. Talking to people close to you or other people affected by cancer can often help.

Talking about your feelings

Talking about your feelings can help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and isolation. There are lots of different ways to do this. Try to let your family and friends know how you’re feeling so that they can support you.

If you have a mobile phone or tablet, this might help you communicate if your voice is not strong enough. It’s possible to download programs that convert text to speech that will speak out what you type in. It is also possible to get a textphone landline. Your specialist nurse, speech and language therapist (SALT), the Cancer Laryngectomee Trust or the National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs might be able to advise you on what programs are most helpful.

Support groups

Self-help or support groups offer a chance to talk to other people who may be in a similar situation and facing the same challenges as you. Joining a group can be helpful if you live alone, or don’t feel able to talk about your feelings with the people around you.

Not everyone finds talking in a group easy, especially if you are adjusting to new ways of communicating. Try going along to see what the group is like before you decide whether or not to take part. The National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs may be able to find a group local to your area.

Online support

Even though each person’s experience is very individual, some people find online support a useful way to ask questions and share experiences. You may find this a helpful way to communicate after your treatment if your voice has been affected.

Our online community is a social networking site where you can talk to people in our chat rooms, blog about your journey, make friends and join support groups.

If you need more help

These feelings can be very difficult to cope with and sometimes people need more help. This happens to lots of people and doesn’t mean you’re not coping.

If you feel anxious, panicky or sad a lot of the time, or think you may be depressed, talk to your doctor or nurse. They can refer you to a doctor or counsellor who can help. They may also prescribe medicine to help with anxiety or an anti-depressant drug.

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