One-Sixth of Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Suffer From Chronic Pain

Nearly one-sixth of head and neck cancer survivors suffer from chronic pain after five years of survival, according to findings published in the Archives of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery.

Researchers conducted a quality of life study on five-year survivors of head and neck cancer. They found survivors shared many health-related quality of life issues with the general population, but more than half reported problems eating, 28.5 percent reported depression symptoms and 17.3 percent reported substantial pain.

In multivariate analyses, researchers determined pain and dietary problems at one year were the strongest independent predictors of quality of life at five years. The researchers concluded that early inventions addressing eating issues and pain management could improve long-term quality of life for these patients.

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