Speech and voice can sometimes be affected by treatment for cancer in the head or neck. If you had a treatment that could affect these, your doctor or nurse will have talked to you about the possible changes.
Speech and voice
We use our lips, teeth, tongue, mouth, nose and throat when we speak. If you had an operation or radiotherapy to one or more of these areas, your speech may be affected. You may have difficulty making certain sounds or saying certain words. Dryness can make your mouth and throat feel uncomfortable when having longer conversations.
The sounds you make for speech (your voice) are made by the voicebox (larynx). Treatments that affect the larynx can affect your voice. Your voice may be hoarse, tire more easily or be quieter than normal. If you had your larynx removed, you will need to learn new ways to communicate.
We have more information about communicating after an operation to remove the larynx (laryngectomy). This features a video that describes ways of communicating after the operation.