Journal article

The prevalence of patient-reported dysphagia and oral complications in cancer patients

Jacqui Frowen, Rhys Hughes, Jemma Skeat

Supportive Care in Cancer | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

PURPOSE: Research investigating swallowing problems (dysphagia) and complications within the oral cavity in non-head and neck cancer patients is limited. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of patient-reported dysphagia and oral complications in all cancer patients and to examine the relationships between cancer types, oral complications and dysphagia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted at a specialist cancer centre in Australia. Data on patient-reported dysphagia and oral complications were collected using the Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey (version 2.0) which was completed by participants in one of three settings: inpatients, ambulatory patients r..

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