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Head Neck. 2016 Jul;38(7):1097-103. doi: 10.1002/hed.24411. Epub 2016 Feb 19.

Prevalence and nature of survivorship needs in patients with head and neck cancer.

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1
Department of Radiation Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2
Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
3
Cancer Survivorship Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
4
Patient and Survivorship Education, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
5
Department of Biostatistics, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
6
Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this study was to determine the number, type, and predictors of patients with head and neck cancer unmet survivorship needs.

METHODS:

This study accrued patients with head and neck cancer at any time point in their survivorship course, and they completed a survey, including demographic information and the Cancer Survivors' Unmet Needs Measure (CaSUN).

RESULTS:

The median age of the 158 participants was 64 years. Ninety-six patients (61%) reported at least one unmet need on the CaSUN and 6 patients had a very high number of needs between 31 and 35. The mean number of unmet needs was 5.8 ± 8.9. Comprehensive Cancer Care was the most common domain of unmet need (n = 69; 45%). Younger age, earlier survivorship phase, and worse quality of life were associated with increased survivorship unmet needs on multivariable analysis.

CONCLUSION:

A high proportion of patients with head and neck cancer have unmet needs. These data can guide the development of head and neck survivorship programs. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 38: 1097-1103, 2016.

KEYWORDS:

head and neck neoplasms; resources; survivorship; unmet needs

PMID:
26894614
DOI:
10.1002/hed.24411
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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