alexa Oncologic Interventions for Head and Neck Cancer

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Oncologic Interventions for Head and Neck Cancer

Oncologic interventions for head and neck cancer may include radiation, chemotherapy, surgical removal of affected tissues, or some combination of these. As such, these patients are at risk for developing dysphagia and subsequent malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia. Dysphagia also has significant social implications because affected individuals limit their participation in social activities where eating is central. Management options for swallowing disorders include: modification of diet texture, behavioural modifications, swallowing exercises, and use of enteral (tube) feeding. The application of electrical stimulation, both externally to the submental region and internally to the pharynx has been explored.

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