Identifying unmet needs and limitations in physical health in survivors of Head and Neck Cancer
SourceEuropean Journal of Cancer Care, 30, 5, (2021), article e13434
Article / Letter to editor
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
European Journal of Cancer Care
SubjectRadboudumc 10: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 9: Rare cancers RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
OBJECTIVE: To gain insight into the level of unmet needs and limitations in physical health experienced by survivors of head and neck cancer, and to evaluate whether unmet needs in physical health and limitations in physical performance are associated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, unmet needs were measured with Supportive Care Needs Surveys (SCNS-SF34, SCNS-HNC). Limitations in physical health were measured for maximal mouth opening, neck and shoulder function, hand grip strength and lower body strength, level of mobility and walking ability. RESULTS: The SCNSs showed that 48% had a cancer generic unmet need and 46% had at least one HNC-specific unmet need. In total, 76% of sHNC had a cancer generic limitation in physical health and that 58% had an HNC-specific limitation in the mobility of neck and shoulders or maximum mouth opening. The domain of physical and daily living needs showed a weak association with lateral flexion of the neck to the left (R = -0.319; p = 0.024). CONCLUSION: Survivors of HNC might benefit from the use of both SCNSs and physical performance measurements during usual care follow-up for early and optimal identification of unmet needs and limitations in physical health.
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