Physical and psychosocial correlates of head and neck cancer: an update of the literature and challenges for the future (1996–2003)
Article first published online: 15 JUL 2005
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 303–319, August 2005
How to Cite
Ledeboer, Q.C.P., van der Velden, L.-A., de Boer, M.F., Feenstra, L. and Pruyn, J.F.A. (2005), Physical and psychosocial correlates of head and neck cancer: an update of the literature and challenges for the future (1996–2003). Clinical Otolaryngology, 30: 303–319. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2273.2005.01035.x
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2005
- Article first published online: 15 JUL 2005
- Accepted for publication 2 May 2005
• 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.