Late Radiation-Associated Dysphagia (RAD) in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors are living longer due to epidemiologic changes in the disease and advances in treatment. As a consequence, speech pathologists encounter growing numbers of long-term survivors presenting with late effects of therapy. Radiation-associated dysphagia (RAD) that develops or progresses years after HNC treatment is a ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2013
Late Radiation-Associated Dysphagia (RAD) in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors
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  • Hutcheson Katherine A.
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston
  • Disclosure: Katherine A. Hutcheson has no financial or nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Katherine A. Hutcheson has no financial or nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   June 01, 2013
Late Radiation-Associated Dysphagia (RAD) in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2013, Vol. 22, 61-72. doi:10.1044/sasd22.2.61
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2013, Vol. 22, 61-72. doi:10.1044/sasd22.2.61

Head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors are living longer due to epidemiologic changes in the disease and advances in treatment. As a consequence, speech pathologists encounter growing numbers of long-term survivors presenting with late effects of therapy. Radiation-associated dysphagia (RAD) that develops or progresses years after HNC treatment is a particularly challenging late toxicity, notable in the era of organ preservation. Projections suggest that late RAD will increase in prevalence in coming decades, and this condition must be considered a unique clinical entity with regard to diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management.

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