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What can I expect before having radiation for head or neck cancer?

For head and neck patients, your head will have to be immobilized in preparation for your daily treatments. This part of the procedure will involve making a mask to form around your face. This mask will be used in your daily treatments. The physician may require a "bite block", a device that is held in the mouth to protect the tongue during treatments. This position may be uncomfortable but its important for the planning process. This is the position you will be in for your daily treatment. The therapist will also place marks on the mask to ensure the radiation is directed to the same area for each treatment. If a mask is not used, then the skin will be marked with semi-permanent ink.

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