Functional Preservation and Quality of Life in Head and Neck Radiotherapy / Edition 1

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Overview

This book focuses on functional treatment outcomes in head and neck cancer patients from the perspective of experts from around the world in medical and allied health fields. Recent advances in management strategies are presented as they relate to functional preservation and quality of life. Clinical and research knowledge is organized in an approachable manner by means of short chapters, key point tables, and high-quality illustrations and graphics. This method of presentation is very effective for busy clinical practitioners and researchers. Information is provided on site-specific epidemiology and treatment outcome, the impact of different treatment techniques and toxicities on quality of life, and the relationship of toxicity prevention, rehabilitation, and supportive care to quality of life after treatment, Among literature on the treatment of head and neck cancer, this book is unique because of the outstanding list of contributors and the specific focus on functional preservation and quality of life.

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Reviewer: Christopher Loiselle, MD (University of Washington Medical Center)
Description: This is an overview of the treatment of head and neck cancers with an emphasis on the implications of those treatments for quality of life. The book details multimodality care as it pertains to each cancer site, and provides information on epidemiology and patient outcomes with treatment. It describes technical delivery of radiation therapy, and dedicates a section to long-term side effects of radiation therapy and quality of life.
Purpose: This book is designed to evaluate and summarize the evidence for functional preservation and quality of life following treatment for head and neck cancer. While many books describe cancer and its treatment, this one is designed to selectively emphasize treatment technique and its resultant impact on the patient's quality of life. The authors are successful in providing a book that examines outcomes more deeply than in the relatively simple terms of local cancer control and overall patient survival.
Audience: This is useful for wide range of practitioners in radiation oncology. It provides a good overview of the basic management of head and neck cancer, and its focus on functional preservation and quality of life is helpful for anyone taking care of these patients.
Features: The first of the three main sections details the epidemiology and treatment outcome of cancers by site, with a description of the current standard of care in management strategies. The second section elaborates on the various treatment techniques available in head and neck cancer, specifically describing applications for brachytherapy, pertinent techniques for patient setup, image guidance, and information on the contribution of chemotherapy and targeted agents. The third section addresses the issues of toxicity, quality of life, prevention, rehabilitation, and supportive care, including chapters on late radiation side effects, objective measurement of quality of life and toxicity, and coordination of multidisciplinary care. The book is nicely organized with key points at the beginning of each chapter. CT, MRI, and radiation therapy planning images are in full color.
Assessment: This is a very good book. It provides a unique perspective of the field of head and neck radiation oncology with its focused look at quality of life - an issue that continues to gain in importance as we move forward with achievements in treatment.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Christopher Loiselle, MD (University of Washington Medical Center)
Description: This is an overview of the treatment of head and neck cancers with an emphasis on the implications of those treatments for quality of life. The book details multimodality care as it pertains to each cancer site, and provides information on epidemiology and patient outcomes with treatment. It describes technical delivery of radiation therapy, and dedicates a section to long-term side effects of radiation therapy and quality of life.
Purpose: This book is designed to evaluate and summarize the evidence for functional preservation and quality of life following treatment for head and neck cancer. While many books describe cancer and its treatment, this one is designed to selectively emphasize treatment technique and its resultant impact on the patient's quality of life. The authors are successful in providing a book that examines outcomes more deeply than in the relatively simple terms of local cancer control and overall patient survival.
Audience: This is useful for wide range of practitioners in radiation oncology. It provides a good overview of the basic management of head and neck cancer, and its focus on functional preservation and quality of life is helpful for anyone taking care of these patients.
Features: The first of the three main sections details the epidemiology and treatment outcome of cancers by site, with a description of the current standard of care in management strategies. The second section elaborates on the various treatment techniques available in head and neck cancer, specifically describing applications for brachytherapy, pertinent techniques for patient setup, image guidance, and information on the contribution of chemotherapy and targeted agents. The third section addresses the issues of toxicity, quality of life, prevention, rehabilitation, and supportive care, including chapters on late radiation side effects, objective measurement of quality of life and toxicity, and coordination of multidisciplinary care. The book is nicely organized with key points at the beginning of each chapter. CT, MRI, and radiation therapy planning images are in full color.
Assessment: This is a very good book. It provides a unique perspective of the field of head and neck radiation oncology with its focused look at quality of life - an issue that continues to gain in importance as we move forward with achievements in treatment.
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“The aim of this book is to discuss and present to the reader – most of all and most importantly to health-care providers – the updated clinical and epidemiological research and results in this field. … this is an important, impressive, relevant book, that should be read and properly ‘digested’ by all members of large specialized teams of experts who care for these patients, very often at the end of their life, due to the late discovery of the disease.” (Giampiero Beluffi, La Radiologica Medica, Vol. 115, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540732310
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Medical Radiology / Radiation Oncology Series
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Epidemiology and Treatment Outcome 1

1 Oral Cavity Cancer Weining (Ken) Zhen 3

2 Oropharynx: Epidemiology and Treatment Outcome Edith Filion Quynh-Thu Le 15

3 Hypopharynx Gregory M. Richards Paul M. Harari 31

4 Laryngeal Cancer: Epidemiology and Treatment Outcomes William M. Mendenhall Russell W. Hinerman Robert J. Amdur Mikahail Vaysberg John W. Werning 43

5 Nasopharynx Anne W.M. Lee Rebecca M.W. Yeung Wai Tong NG 57

6 Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Claus Andrup Kristensen 75

7 Salivary Glands and Quality of Life Chris Terhaard 89

8 Head and Neck Sarcomas and Lymphomas Brian O'Sullivan Jonathan Irish Richard Tsang 103

9 Thyroid Cancer Li Ning Herbert Chen Rebecca S. Sippel 117

10 Cervical Lymph Node Metastases from Unknown Primary Tumors Cai Grau 125

Treatment Techniques with Potential Impact on QOL 133

11 Dysphagia-Related Quality of Life of Patients with Cancer in the Oropharynx: An Advantage for Brachytherapy? Peter C. Levendag Peter van Rooij David N. Teguh Inge Noever Peter Voet Henrie van der Est Paul I.M. Schmitz 135

12 Improving the Quality of Life of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer by Highly Conformal Radiotherapy Avraham Eisbruch 145

13 Advantages of Proton Beam Therapy in Functional Preservation and Quality of Life in Head and Neck Radiotherapy Annie W. Chan Norbert Liebsch Alexei Trofimov 155

14 Target Definition and Delineation CT/MRI/PET-Guided Targets Xavier Geets Vincent Grégoire 163

15 Advanced Techniques for Setup Precision and Tracking Wolfgang A. Tomé 175

16 Adaptive Image-Guided Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer Ulrik Vindelev Elstroem Cai Grau 183

17 Improving Form and Function Through SurgicalCare in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Greg Hartig Scott Chaiet 191

18 The Contribution of Chemotheraphy Michalis V. Karamouzis Michael K. Gibson Athanassios Argiris 203

19 Contributions of Targeted Agents Deric L. Wheeler Tien Hoang Paul M. Harari 215

Toxicity, Quality of Life, Prevention, Rehabilitation, Supportive Care 225

20 Late Radiation-Induced Side Effects Johannes A. Langendijk Hendricus P. Bijl 227

21 Head and Neck Cancer Quality of Life Instruments Marcy A. List 243

22 Measuring and Reporting Toxicity Kenneth Jensen Cai Grau 251

23 Effects of Radiotherapy on Swallowing Function: Evaluation, Treatment and Patient-Reported Outcomes Molly Knigge Rachael Kammer Nadine P. Connor 259

24 Dental Prophylaxis and Care Pamela Sandow 269

25 Smoking Cessation Douglas E. Jorenby 277

26 Supportive Therapy Including Nutrition J&ophi;rgen Johansen J&ophi;rn Herrstedt 287

27 Communication and Palliative Care in Head and Neck Cancer Toby C. Campbell James F. Cleary 299

28 Organized Head and Neck Cancer Care Peggy A. Wiederholt 307

Subject Index 317

List of Contributors 321

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