Reply to "Morbidity of the neck after head and neck cancer therapy"

Of the 28 participants so far who did the poll:
  • 22 had radiotherapy with the following side effects: neck pain (15 or 68%), shoulder pain (10 or 45%) and jaw pain (16 or 72%)
  • 20 had neck dissection with the following side effects: neck pain (12 or 60%), shoulder pain (15 or 75%) and jaw pain (7 or 35%)
  • 28 had radiotherapy and/or neck dissection, with the following side effect: significantly decreased range of motion of the neck (19 or 68%)

  • 13 (or 46%) were not warned of these side effects
  • 21 (or 75%) were not offered help with managing these side effects

We can see that side effects of treatment are common. Jaw pain after radiotherapy appears common while shoulder pain after neck dissection appears common. 75% of participants did not get help to manage their side effects better Thinking
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