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Head and neck cancer

Andrew Davies and Ilora Finlay

in Oral Care in Advanced Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192632432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730375 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632432.003.0014
Head and neck cancer

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This chapter discusses head and neck cancer with particular attention on patients with carcinomas arising from the upper aerodigestive tract. Head and neck cancers present particular challenges to healthcare professionals as a result of several disease-related factors, treatment-related factors, and patient-related factors. For patients afflicted with such disease, prognosis is relatively low. The poor prognosis is associated with the progression of the malignant disease and the development of associated disease. The first section of the present chapter discusses the principles of management of head and neck cancer while the second section focuses on the palliative care of patients with advanced head and neck cancer.

Keywords: neck cancer; cancer; aerodigestive tract; management; palliative care; malignant disease

Chapter.  4065 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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