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Functional Preservation and Quality of Life in Head and Neck Radiotherapy
     

Functional Preservation and Quality of Life in Head and Neck Radiotherapy

by Luther W. Brady (Foreword by), Paul M. Harari (Editor), Hans-Peter Heilmann (Foreword by), Nadine P. Connor (Editor), Cai Grau (Editor)
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642092282
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
01/27/2011
Series:
Medical Radiology / Radiation Oncology Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.63(h) x (d)

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