Jewellery to Protect
Patients with laryngeal cancer may have to have their voice boxes removed and as a result have a “hole” in their throat (called a laryngectomy stoma). It is important that dirt, liquids and dust do not enter the stoma and that the new “airway” is kept reasonably moist (as the new airway does the job of the nose and mouth in moistening and “cleaning” the air that enters the lungs on its way down, and preventing liquid from going down the wrong way). The NHS supplies “bibs” for laryngectomy patients to wear over their stoma, and most people are encouraged to wear a stoma button (see picture of Maggie on attached link) over their stoma.
Laryngeal cancer is small percentage of all cancers, so there are few markets to choose products to disguise the stoma. Patients use scarves, ‘bibs’ and cravats, which become problematic in hot weather. Jewellery designers have begun to address this problem: on my masters project, I am working with Mary Wells PhD, RGN, Senior Lecturer in Cancer Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee to develop more interesting, usable and inexpensive stoma “covers” drawing on my background in jewellery and silversmithing.
Stoma, laryngeal cancer, jewellery, laryngectomee, cover
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CARE OF YOUR LARYNGECTOMY STOMA
Heat moisture exchange filter (HME) care
Jun Hyeop Kim,
Jewellery and Metal designer
I majored in jewellery design and also graduated from Hong Ik University for master degree in Korea. I think the most important thing for the designer is to be open to new ways of looking at the world