Maximizing Functional Outcomes in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors: Assessment and Rehabilitation

Nausheen Jamal, Barbara Ebersole, Andrew Erman, Dinesh Chhetri

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Abstract

With increases in survivorship for patients with head and neck cancer, attention is turning to quality-of-life issues for survivors. Care for these patients is multifaceted. Dysphagia and issues of voice/speech, airway obstruction, neck and shoulder dysfunction, lymphedema, and pain control are important to address. Rehabilitation interventions are patient-specific and aim to prevent, restore, compensate, and palliate symptoms and sequelae of treatment for optimal functioning. Central to providing comprehensive interdisciplinary care are the head and neck surgeon, laryngologist, and speech-language pathologist. Routine functional assessment, long-term follow-up, and regular communication and coordination among these specialists helps maximize quality of life in this challenging patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-852
Number of pages16
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Complication
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphonia
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Morbidity
  • Survivorship
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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