Radiotherapy for head and neck cancers employs ionizing radiation which damages genetic material of susceptible malignant cells. In the oral cavity, this can lead to dental complications such as mucositis, trismus, xerostomia, radiation caries, and osteoradionecrosis.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Total Laryngectomy and in honor of Prof. Dr. Theodor Billroth, a conference will be held at The Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Amsterdam, November 23-24 2023.
A laryngectomy affects your sense of smell and, to a certain degree, your sense of taste. You will no longer breathe through your nose after the laryngectomy, and surprisingly the sense of smell is closely linked to our sense of taste. In this blog post, we’ll explain the relation that your nose has to your breathing and taste, and give you some tips on how to regain your sense of smell and taste.
Discover how providing patients with educational tools in head and neck therapy can improve engagement, compliance and treatment outcomes for speech language therapists. Learn more here.
Leo Eppink comes from the northeast of Netherland and underwent a total laryngectomy 10 years ago. Today he is an enthusiastic patient educator, who has been committed to helping fellow laryngectomized people for many years.