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Therapeutic exercises for affecting post-treatment swallowing in people treated for advanced-stage head and neck cancers: a Cochrane systematic review.

Perry, Alison; Lee, Siew Hwa; Cotton, Susan; Kennedy, Catriona

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Alison Perry

Siew Hwa Lee

Susan Cotton

Catriona Kennedy



Abstract

Head and neck cancer encompasses tumours of the upper aero-digestive tract (oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses and salivary glands). There are 550,000 new cases, globally, each year, the majority of these are mucosal small cell carcinoma. Smoking, alcohol abuse and viral infection are associated with the disease. Although survival rates are improving, morbidity has correspondingly increased, specifically speech and swallowing. Dysphagia may be temporary/long term or permanent and this has implacations with food and fluid intake, social participation and psychological wellbeing. The objective of this research was to establish evidence for the effects of therapeutic swallowing exercises, undertaken before, during and/or immediately after head and neck (HNC) treatment, on swallowing.

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Start Date Oct 2, 2018
Institution Citation PERRY, A., LEE, S.H., COTTON, S., and KENNEDY, C. 2018. Therapeutic exercises for affecting post-treatment swallowing in people treated for advanced-stage head and neck cancers: a Cochrane systematic review. Presented at the 22nd International congress on palliative care (PAL 2018), 2-5 October 2018, Montreal, Canada.
Keywords Head and neck cancer; Exercises; Evidence; Swallowing; Dysphagia
Related Public URLs http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1670
http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1671

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