Are patient education and self ‐care advantageous for patients with head and neck cancer? A feasibility study
This study evaluates whether patient education and individually self ‐care reduces pain and improves QoL, mood and sleep during and after radiotherapy treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.DesignA longitudinal, two ‐armed feasibility study design was performed.MethodsSixty ‐four participants with curative intent were included in the study. All participants answered questions about pain three times a week and completed a survey questionnaire about pain, QoL, psychological aspects and barriers towards pain management at baseline, at 4 weeks and at 10 weeks. Thirty‐ four of the participants attended in two education sessions on pain based on their beliefs about pain and received individualized self‐care instructions based on their weekly rating of pain.ResultThis study did not find any significant group differences for the pain, QoL, mood and sleep.
CONCLUSION: This study advanced our knowledge of symptom clusters in patients with HNC. The results are expected to contribute to the development of appropriate assessment and nursing interventions targeting multiple symptoms that may coexist in postoperative radiotherapy. PMID: 30057085 [PubMed - in process]
In conclusion, the HRQoL issues reported by these patients were different from those reported by patients with other cancers of the head and neck. It would be helpful to identify FoR in a subgroup of patients with differentiated thyroid cancer so that they could be given additional support.
ConclusionThe use of tapentadol PR is feasible and well tolerated in HNC patients affected by background pain due to painful mucositis during intensity modulated radiotherapy with or without cisplatin. Further studies are needed to enhance current findings.
Conclusion Quality of life impairment is similar between patients and their caregivers. This result demonstrates that not only the patients show quality of life impairment, but their caregivers also have it and at similar proportions.
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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 Survivor...
CONCLUSION: At the dosage used, nabilone was not potent enough to improve the patients' quality of life over placebo. PMID: 26503964 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conclusion: This study provides an overview of symptoms among cancer patients and barriers experienced by them.
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