Opioid use and misuse following treatment for head and neck cancer

Cancer patients are often prescribed pain medications, for example during recovery from surgical procedures. However, for many cancer patients, the use of opioid pain medications during treatment can be a gateway to misuse or addiction once treatment ends. Now with cancer patients living longer than ever before, protecting quality of life in the months, years, … Continue reading Opioid use and misuse following treatment for head and neck cancer

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Chemoradiation may increase survival for a subset of elderly head and neck cancer patients

The addition of chemotherapy (CT) to radiation therapy (RT) improves survival rates among a subset of elderly head and neck cancer patients, specifically those ages 71 to 79 with low comorbidity scores and advanced disease stage, according to University of Colorado Cancer Center research presented at the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. While … Continue reading Chemoradiation may increase survival for a subset of elderly head and neck cancer patients

Survival differences seen for advanced-stage laryngeal cancer

The five-year survival rate for advanced-stage laryngeal cancer was higher than national levels in a small study at a single academic center performing a high rate of surgical therapy, including a total laryngectomy (removal of the voice box), to treat the disease, despite a national trend toward organ preservation, according to a report published online … Continue reading Survival differences seen for advanced-stage laryngeal cancer