Head and Neck Cancer
Life in remission
The stage in which all the primary signs and symptoms of cancer—in this case, head and neck cancer—have disappeared, post treatment is called remission. Scans will show no trace of any tumors or cancerous cells. Despite this, it is imperative for survivors to undergo regular check-ups and physical exams, even after the treatment is completed.
The chances of cancer returning (called recurrence) are high, and the risk always remains. These scans and check-ups may be required for years following remission, depending on the gravity of each individual’s condition as well as the doctor’s prescription. It is also important to ensure a healthy and cancer proof lifestyle during remission by avoiding habits and lifestyle choices that increase the risk of getting head and neck cancers at all costs.
Another aspect of life in remission is the patient’s mental health. Battling cancer is a rather traumatic and life-altering experience, and so it ends up taking a heavy toll on the patient’s mind along with the body. The Stress and Anxiety and mental torment one goes through during the disease may remain long after the body has healed and entered remission. This is why emotional support and care is necessary for those who are in remission.