ACS Releases Long-term Care Guideline for Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer
By Stacy Simon The American Cancer Society has released a new Head and Neck Survivorship Care Guideline to help survivors of head and neck cancer and their primary care providers better manage their long-term care. The guideline addresses cancers of the oral cavity, tongue, lip, pharynx (throat), and larynx (voice box). Recommendations in the guideline may also apply to cancers of the salivary glands, nasal and paranasal sinuses, and nasopharynx. But it does not address cancers of the brain, thyroid, or esophagus because they are very different in terms of symptoms and treatment. RESOURCES: Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care GuidelineHead and Neck Cancer Survivorship Guideline Patient PageNutrition and physical activity guidelines for cancer survivorsSurvivorship care plansOnline communities and supportStories of Hope The guideline was published March 22, 2016 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a journal of the American Cancer Society. It provides detailed recommendations for how and when to test for new or returning cancers, managing side effects, making healthy lifestyle changes, and coordinating care among primary care providers and specialists. An estimated 436,060 survivors of head and neck cancer are living today in the United States, and that number is growing. Long-term survival is becoming increasingly common; therefore, it is important that long-term survivorship care is managed in coordination with health problems associated with aging. Tobacco use ...
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