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Survivorship Care Planning and Quality of Life

  • Denice Economou
  • Virginia Sun
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Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 174)

Abstract

Roughly 436,000 survivors are living with a history of head and neck cancer (HNC), accounting for approximately 3% of all cancer survivors in the United States [1, 2]. With advances in treatment, long-term survival is increasingly common in HNC populations. Despite increasing awareness of survivorship issues, many challenges remain. These include lack of knowledge on late and long-term effects of treatment, and poor integration of survivorship care guidelines into oncology practice. Survivorship care plans (SCPs) are increasingly important for HNC survivors to improve quality of long-term survival. Quality survivorship care should focus on management of late and long-term effects of treatment, surveillance for cancer recurrence and second primaries, promotion of healthy lifestyle, and care coordination between providers. This chapter will describe common quality of life (QOL) issues in HNC survivorship, and review the current survivorship care guidelines in HNC.

Keywords

Survivorship Cancer Quality of life Symptoms Care plans Late effects 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Populations SciencesCity of HopeDuarteUSA

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