See referenced original article on pages 1507–13, this issue.
Facing head and neck cancer deaths head on: Lessons for survival
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2014
© 2014 American Cancer Society
Volume 120, Issue 10, pages 1446–1449, 15 May 2014
How to Cite
Ringash, J. (2014), Facing head and neck cancer deaths head on: Lessons for survival. Cancer, 120: 1446–1449. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28585
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 16 DEC 2013
Despite making up only 3% of all cancers, squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (HNC) exemplify complex survivorship care. Characteristics of this cohort of patients include high levels of comorbidity, high baseline risk of psychosocial distress, and exposure to highly toxic treatment strategies. With survival rates of the primary cancer increasing over time, the population at risk for secondary complications (including recurrence, secondary primaries, illnesses induced by risk factors, and injuries related to treatment) is increasing. Recognition of elevated death rates of survivors, persisting up to 10 years after diagnosis, outline the importance of a dedicated approach to HNC survivorship care, whether provided within or outside the comprehensive cancer center.