Late Effects of Head & Neck Radiation

Last Modified: June 23, 2009

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Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts," I had radiation for 8 weeks for nasopharangeal cancer that had also gone to a lymph node in my neck. Now over 4 years later, I have some problems with my voice and breathing. My tongue has recently started cramping up on me for 5 or so minutes at a time, and I can't talk or swallow during this time. My right shoulder is weak, and I can't lift my arm as I used to and the muscle is gone on top of the shoulder. Is this normal, and is there any treatment that can be done or any medication to stop the tongue from responding this way?

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