Looking beyond the physical management of patients with head and neck cancer

Authors

  • Leanne M Sykes Head of Department of Prosthodontics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2002-6238
  • Tshegofatso V Ntseke Department of Prosthodontics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Portia T Nethononda Specialist Department of Prosthodontics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17159/2519-0105/2021/v76no6a10

Keywords:

multidisciplinary, psychosocial, institutions

Abstract

Cancers of the head and neck region often leave patients with conspicuous defects, as well as limitations in physical
and psycho-social functions. Rehabilitation is challenging and can never fully restore the anatomical, physiological, or
functional characteristics that have been lost. Ideally newly diagnosed cancer patients should be managed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists from various allied fields who will be able to educate them and help them decide on the most appropriate and suitable treatment options. Patients must understand the processes, be of possible side effects and comprehend the limitations
aware of rehabilitation. At the same time, clinicians may need to consider issues of distributive justice when deciding which patients will receive which resources, especially in financially limited institutions and countries. The biggest challenge to us as clinicians as well as community members is to try and treat all patients holistically and to address both their physical and psychosocial needs. This requires a fervent commitment to action, and that we all stand together and help each other through
difficult times.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

References

Gilyoma JM, Rambau PF, Masalu N et al. Head and neck cancers: a clinic-pathological profile and management challenges in a resource-limiting setting. BMC Res Notes. 2015; 8: 772.

Davis TC, Williams MV, Marin E, Parker RM et al. Health literacy and cancer communication. A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2002; 52(3): 134-49.

De Sousa A. Psychological issues in oral and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. Science Direct. 2008; 46: 661-4.

Moodley K and Naidoo S. Ethics and the dental team. Pretoria, Van Schaik publishers. 2010. 38-41.

Beauchamp TI, Childress JF. Principles of Biomedical Ethics. 5th Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. 2001.

Levine E, Degutis L, Pruzinsky T. et al. Quality of life and facial trauma: psychological and body image effects. Ann Plas Surg. 2005; 54: 502-10.

Reed J, Robathan M, Hockenhull M, et al. Children’s attitudes towards interacting with peers with different craniofacial anomalies. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 1999; 36: 441-7.

Constitution of the World Health Organization. In: World Health Organization: Basic documents. 45th ed. Geneva: World Health

Organization. 2005.

Sartorius N. The meanings of health and its promotion. Croat Med J. 2006; 57(4): 662-4.

Twigg JA, Anderson JM, Huphris G, et al. Best practice in reducing the suicide risk in head and neck cancer patients: a structured review. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2020; 58: e6-e15

Downloads

Published

2021-07-31

How to Cite

Sykes, L. M., Ntseke, . T. V. ., & Nethononda, . P. T. . (2021). Looking beyond the physical management of patients with head and neck cancer. South African Dental Journal, 76(06), 379–382. https://doi.org/10.17159/2519-0105/2021/v76no6a10

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 > >>