quote:Pain Predicts Survival After Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
From Medscape Medical News, by Nick Mulcahy
The higher level of pain was associated with younger age at diagnosis, worse general physical and mental health, and higher levels of depressive symptoms, as well as 5-year survival rate and recurrence within the first year. It just means that increasing pains during the first 12 months following treatment could be due to a recurrence. That would seem obvious.
It doesn't refer to the chronic pain that head and neck cancer patients experience.