Pretreatment Dysphagia Protocol for the Patient With Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Chemoradiation The combination of chemotherapy and radiation has emerged as a standard of care for patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer (HNC) of the oropharynx, the hypopharynx, and the larynx. Many devastating complications to the integrity of the swallow have been documented to occur with the swallowing mechanism, as a ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2010
Pretreatment Dysphagia Protocol for the Patient With Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Chemoradiation
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  • Nancy Lewis McColloch
    Department of Surgery Division of Otolaryngology, The Kirklin Clinic-University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
  • William R. Carroll, MD
    Department of Surgery Division of Otolaryngology, The Kirklin Clinic-University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
  • J. Scott Magnuson, MD
    Department of Surgery Division of Otolaryngology, The Kirklin Clinic-University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
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Article   |   June 01, 2010
Pretreatment Dysphagia Protocol for the Patient With Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Chemoradiation
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2010, Vol. 19, 53-56. doi:10.1044/sasd19.2.53
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2010, Vol. 19, 53-56. doi:10.1044/sasd19.2.53

The combination of chemotherapy and radiation has emerged as a standard of care for patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer (HNC) of the oropharynx, the hypopharynx, and the larynx. Many devastating complications to the integrity of the swallow have been documented to occur with the swallowing mechanism, as a result of several chemoradiation protocols. These complications include decreased oral caloric intake, long-term reliance on feeding tubes for nutrition, weight loss, increased morbidity and mortality, decreased quality of life, and increased utilization of health-care services.

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