Rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients

  • Jeri A. Logemann
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 100)


Patients who are treated for head and neck cancer can present with some of the most significant posttreatment morbidity of any cancer group [1–29]. Their eating, talking, respiration, and cosmesis can all be significantly altered by their treatment. All these effects may be quite visible and may interfere with socialization and employment. Therefore, rehabilitation for head and neck cancer patients about to undergo treatment should be an initial and continuing concern of the patient’s attending physician or surgeon, not the last item to be considered in the patient’s care plan [30—42]. In fact, the thinking of physicians and surgeons caring for patients with head and neck cancer has changed significantly over the last 10 years to the point where rehabilitation is usually considered at the time of treatment selection, rather than at the end of the treatment continuum. This chapter will review the particular functional problems resulting from head and neck cancer at various disease sites and the subsequent treatment(s) of this cancer and will present current thinking on aggressive rehabilitation for these patients.


Neck Cancer Patient Total Laryngectomy Oral Cancer Patient Partial Laryngectomy Rehabilitation Professional 
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