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Senchak JJ, Fang CY, Bauman JR
Interventions to improve quality of life (QOL) and/or mood in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC): a review of the evidence
Cancers Head Neck (2019) 4:2.
Background: Patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) experience significant physical and psychological distress, which have a negative impact on their quality of life (QOL). Few strategies have been studied to help improve QOL in this patient population. Results: In this article, we review the existing literature for intervention studies that focus on improving QOL and/or mood in HNC patients. Our review yielded 14 studies that met criteria. Types of interventions included educational, psychosocial, physical and psychological symptom management, mindfulness, pharmacologic, exercise, and telemedicine. Although the majority of the studies had small sample sizes or other methodological limitations, many showed preliminary feasibility and acceptability with some positive impacts on QOL and/or mood. Conclusions: Larger studies are warranted with more robust randomized designs to determine efficacy of interventions to improve QOL and/or mood in patients with HNC. Additionally, future studies must also consider strategies for implementation and dissemination of these interventions into the health care system to improve the physical and psychological burden of HNC as a population.
Publication Date: 2019-01-01.
PMCID: PMC6560898
Last updated on Wednesday, February 05, 2020