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Physical and psychosocial correlates of head and neck cancer: an update of the literature and challenges for the future (1996-2003)

Ledeboer, Q.C.P.; Velden, L-A.; Boer, M.F.; Feenstra, L.; Pruyn, J.F.A.

Clinical Otolaryngology Official Journal of Ent-Uk ; Official Journal of Netherlands Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Cervico-Facial Surgery 30(4): 303-319


ISSN/ISBN: 1749-4478
PMID: 16209671
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2273.2005.01035.x
Accession: 049920222

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An update of the literature on physical and psychosocial aspects of head and neck cancer, with special emphasis on effects of treatment, patient-related factors and psychosocial intervention on quality of life (QoL). QoL deteriorates during and directly after treatment and returns only slowly to pre-treatment values. Organ preservation, gender and coping-strategies are factors related to QoL after treatment. As prognosis and survival were found to be comparable under different treatment regimes, we noticed a gradual shift in therapy towards organ preservation. Systematic care, using specific instruments is important for improving the QoL. We feel that more attention should be given to improving support, in order to optimize the QoL of patients during the palliative stage.

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