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I was treated for laryngeal cancer 9 years ago and had 43

Posted by @dicknlou in Just Want to Talk, Mar 12, 2012

I was treated for laryngeal cancer 9 years ago and had 43 radiation treatments. Since I was unable to swallow because of the scar tissue resulting from the radiation burns, I relied on a feeding tube. 2 years after the treatments a doctor at OHSU in Portland, Oregon dialated the stricture in my throat several times. Even though my ability to swallow was limited I had the feeding tube removed and got by for 6 years, however, the stricture soon closed up, and after a dilation again in 2010, which was unsuccessful, I have had another feeding tube inserted and now rely on it complety. I have read about a surgery called Laryngeal Suspension surgery to enable one to swallow. I was wondereing if anyone knows of this surgery, or possibly another treatment to open up the stricture in my throat caused from the radiation. Thank you

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