Quality of Life Issues in Head and Neck Cancer

Cherith Semple, Simon Killough

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Abstract

Head and neck cancer (HNC) constitutes approximately 3% of all cancers in the UK, with in excess of 8500 new cases annually. Management of HNC depends on site, extent, histology, previous medical history and patient choice. A multidisciplinary approach is required to optimize patient wellbeing, owing to the significant functional and psychosocial implications that can impact on quality of life. Members of the dental team, to include the general dental practitioner, have a key role in patient care; therefore the dental team should be knowledgeable in the short-term and longer-term implications and how this impacts on quality of life.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE:
This article offers the dental team with an overview of how HNC and the various treatments, such as surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, impact upon quality of life, both in the short-term and longer-term.
LanguageEnglish
Pages346
Number of pages353
JournalDental Update
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • head and neck cancer
  • Quality of Life

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