Role of Early Palliative Care in Advanced Head-and-Neck Cancers Patients.
Aanchal Satija, Karl Lorenz, Michelle DeNatale, Odette Spruyt, SVS Deo, Sushma Bhatnagar
Indian Journal of Palliative Care | Published : 2019
Head-and-neck cancers (HNCs) are significant in India. Poverty, illiteracy, lack of access to healthcare, and poor treatment infrastructure pose a major challenge in the management of these cancers. The majority of these patients present with advanced stage and are not amenable to curative treatment. The majority have the potential to benefit from palliative care (PC) interventions. Our experience has been that usually the referrals from HNC clinic for PC are at the end-of-life or terminal stage. Unfortunately, in the state of intractable suffering, it is difficult for patients to understand and fully benefit from the role of PC. Developing an effective working relationship and communication..View full abstract