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"The risk of being diagnosed with oral cancer is strongly associated with social deprivation, and this is a particular health challenge in London."Paul Coulthard, Professor or Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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A thankful patient
“I had to have radical surgery to remove a massive growth on my right tonsil and I woke up to find I had been fitted with a tracheostomy. I was in hospital for a further two weeks to recover, and then came a period where I underwent six weeks of chemotherapy followed by six weeks of radiotherapy.
“I then went through a period of physical recovery but the psychological and emotional impact of my condition affected everyday life.
“From two or so weeks into radiotherapy until several weeks after the treatment finished, I lost the ability to swallow, my saliva glands stopped working, and I completely lost all sense of taste and developed ulcers in my throat and mouth. However, I have been very fortunate as everything has returned to fully functioning. Currently, I am fit and healthy and have been clear of cancer for nearly 6 years.”