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Research Article  |   April 1980
Head and Neck Cancer, A Rehabilitation Approach
Author Affiliations
  • Brian J. Dudgeon, OTR, is Staff Occupational Therapist, Seattle VA Medical Center Seattle, Washington
  • Joel A. DeLisa, M.D., is Assistant Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine Service, Seattle VA Medical Center; and Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
  • Robert M. Miller, Ph.D., is Speech Pathologist, Seattle VA Medical Center; and Clinical Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing Services, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   April 1980
Head and Neck Cancer, A Rehabilitation Approach
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1980, Vol. 34, 243-251. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.4.243
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1980, Vol. 34, 243-251. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.4.243
Abstract

Survival from head and neck cancer is not uncommon. However, treatment is often radical and may compromise the patient’s appearance, function, and quality of life. The most common modalities of treatment, employed either singly or in combination, are chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Each treatment modality involves unique complications and compromises, many of which are amenable to rehabilitation techniques. A role of the occupational therapist on a cancer rehabilitation team is described and an overview of the therapeutic procedures for the evaluation and treatment of common problems recognized in these patients is presented. The material is derived both from clinical experience of the rehabilitation team and from a literature review employed in developing the rehabilitation program.