My husband received radiation for squamous cell carcinoma on his left vocal cord. Since it began and now 2 months after, he still has no voice and extreme & constant pain on the opposite side of where the cancer was. No explanation from radiologist besides it's not from the radiation. Looking for help on what could be causing the pain which goes from his throat to his ear & sometimes his head. Looking for suggestions.
Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Radiation to the larynx can result in chronic hoarseness secondary to fibrosis of the delicate vocal fold tissues, and is unfortunately often an unavoidable side effect of this type of treatment. Chronic pain, however, is concerning given your husband's history of cancer, and warrants a thorough evaluation by an otolaryngologist or head and neck surgeon.
Best of luck to you both!