What causes trismus?

Trismus is caused by damage to the muscles used for chewing. During surgery, trauma, or radiation therapy there is commonly secondary damage to the areas around the tumor site. As this damage heals, the body forms scar tissue at the site. As this scar tissue ages it becomes less flexible. These changes result in the limited jaw motion that is identified with trismus. The Christie Hospital NHS Trust in Manchester has recently published the results of 5 year’s clinical research looking into the use of the hand operated device which fits inside a patients’ mouth, Therabite® versus wooden spatulas in the improvement of Trismus, (any restriction of mouth opening), in head and neck cancer patients. They presented their findings to the British Association of Head and Neck oncologists in May 2016.

Web Whispers

For those who are facing larynx cancer and have questions about treatments, surgery, recovery, and what life is like after a laryngectomy, you have the opportunity to find the answers here, while you are 'singing in the rain'.

Fatigue: What a Patient Needs to Know

Fatigue is the most common symptom associated with cancer and cancer treatment. For many patients, fatigue can have a profound negative effect on quality of lives. It can impact one's sense of well being, ability to perform daily activities, relationships with family and friends, ability to cope with the illness as well as withstand the treatment.

Nausea and Vomiting (PDQ®): Supportive Care - Patients

This patient summary on nausea and vomiting is adapted from the summary written for health professionals by cancer experts. Nausea and vomiting are two of the most upsetting side effects for cancer patients. This brief summary describes nausea and vomiting, their causes, and treatment.