DESCRIPTION: (Applicant's Description)
Cancer of the head and neck region can have profound effects on the quality
of a person's life. This project will utilize objective measures of
swallowing, voice, xerostomia, oral health, and musculoskeletal condition,
linking these measures with subjective quality of life and psychologic
This project will evaluate the quality of life in HNC survivors five years
after diagnosis in order to explore address the following issues: 1) The
relationship between subjective and objective measures of quality of life;
2. The finding that self-reported symptoms in survivors are linked to
recurrence fear; 3) The nature of this linkage: Does the fear lead to a
sensitivity to symptoms? Or do symptoms remind patients of their cancer?
4) The relationship between advanced initial stage and increased residual
objective and subjective quality-of-life impairments; 5)The relationship
between surgical treatment and increased residual objective and subjective
quality-of-life impairments; 6) The prevalence of current tobacco use in
The study will evaluate a cohort of approximately 150 five-year disease-free
survivors of head and neck cancer. The survivors will undergo a battery of
tests including validated quality-of-life instruments (UWQOL, FACT,
FACT-H&N, PSS-HN), a measure of personality, attitude and depression (MBHI),
some locally prepared and piloted questions, and several objective measures
of speech, swallowing, shoulder/neck mobility, and saliva flow. The results
of the subjective and objective data will be correlated looking for areas of
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