Oral Integrity Related to Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Head and neck cancer treatment can result in devastating side effects that diminish quality of life, sometimes for a lifetime. The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of oral integrity in minimizing side effects to optimize long-term function in patients treated for head and neck cancer. We ... Article
Article  |   March 2012
Oral Integrity Related to Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Annette H. May
    MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Orlando, FL
  • E. Danielle Hiner
    MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Orlando, FL
  • Elizabeth Feldman
    MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Orlando, FL
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations
Article   |   March 2012
Oral Integrity Related to Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2012, Vol. 21, 28-33. doi:10.1044/sasd21.1.28
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2012, Vol. 21, 28-33. doi:10.1044/sasd21.1.28

Head and neck cancer treatment can result in devastating side effects that diminish quality of life, sometimes for a lifetime. The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of oral integrity in minimizing side effects to optimize long-term function in patients treated for head and neck cancer. We will present the value of a comprehensive pre-treatment assessment. We will describe the oral complications associated with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy and offer approaches in management of acute and chronic complications.

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