Swallowing exercises benefit some head and neck cancer patients – National Cancer Institute

A study from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) has found that head and neck cancer patients receiving radiation as part of their treatment were less likely to suffer unwanted side effects such as worsening of diet, need for a feeding tube, or narrowing of the throat passage if they complied with a set of prescribed swallowing exercises called a swallow preservation protocol (SPP) during therapy.

via Swallowing exercises benefit some head and neck cancer patients – National Cancer Institute.

Access : Critical weight loss is a major prognostic indicator for disease-specific survival in patients with head and neck cancer receiving radiotherapy : British Journal of Cancer

Weight loss both before and during radiotherapy are important prognostic indicators for 5-year DSS in HNC patients. Randomised studies into the prognostic effect of nutritional intervention are needed.

via Access : Critical weight loss is a major prognostic indicator for disease-specific survival in patients with head and neck cancer receiving radiotherapy : British Journal of Cancer.

Hypothalamic–pituitary–thyroid dysfunction induced by intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for adult patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma – Springer

At the era of IMRT, a high rate of endocrine deficiency was still seen. Hypothalamic–pituitary–thyroid dysfunction is more common in NPC patients. Regular monitoring is needed.

via Hypothalamic–pituitary–thyroid dysfunction induced by intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for adult patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma – Springer.

Risk factors for osteoradionecrosis in elderly patients with oral and pharyngeal cancer – Online First – Springer

The incidence of ORN continues to increase steadily up to 10 years from the time of diagnosis. Patients with oral cavity primaries are at highest risk in this population. Future research should be directed toward identifying factors that can reduce the incidence of ORN.

via Risk factors for osteoradionecrosis in elderly patients with oral and pharyngeal cancer – Online First – Springer.

Outcomes and xerostomia after postoperative radiotherapy for oral and oropharyngeal carcinoma – Wang – Head & Neck – Wiley Online Library

Outcomes and xerostomia after postoperative radiotherapy for oral and oropharyngeal carcinoma – Wang – Head & Neck – Wiley Online Library.

Experience of palliative care for patients with head and neck cancer through the eyes of next of kin: Impact of an expert center – Offerman – Head & Neck – Wiley Online Library

Experience of palliative care for patients with head and neck cancer through the eyes of next of kin: Impact of an expert center – Offerman – Head & Neck – Wiley Online Library.

Management of intractable epistaxis in patients who received radiation therapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma – Springer

Endovascular embolization was successful in seven radiation carotid blowout syndromes with cessation of hemorrhage. One patient underwent external carotid artery ligation and one patient recovered without treatment. The clinical follow-up was 3 months. Therapeutic endovascular embolization of intractable epistaxis is both efficient and safe. It should be considered as the primary treatment modality in intractable epistaxis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

via Management of intractable epistaxis in patients who received radiation therapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma – Springer.

Few head and neck cancer survivors seek mental help: MedlinePlus

Survivors of cancers of the head and neck, including those of the tongue and thyroid, often suffer from depression but rarely seek treatment, according to a new study.

via Few head and neck cancer survivors seek mental help: MedlinePlus.

Risk Model and Nomogram for Dysphagia and Xerostomia Prediction in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Treated by Radiotherapy and/or Chemotherapy – Springer

The nomogram presented is a useful tool for clinicians in assessing patient risks when deciding on follow-up strategies (e.g., hyperbaric oxygen treatment) after RT or surgery for HNC.

via Risk Model and Nomogram for Dysphagia and Xerostomia Prediction in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Treated by Radiotherapy and/or Chemotherapy – Springer.

Swallowing outcomes in patients with oropharyngeal cancer undergoing organ preservation treatment – Starmer – Head & Neck – Wiley Online Library

Conclusions: This study demonstrates that patients undergoing non-surgical treatment for OPSCC are at risk for post-treatment dysphagia. This suggests a need for dysphagia evaluation/management and refinement of interventions to minimize dysphagia. Head Neck, 2013

via Swallowing outcomes in patients with oropharyngeal cancer undergoing organ preservation treatment – Starmer – Head & Neck – Wiley Online Library.