Social Science and Dentistry

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June 2012
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Positive growth after treatment for head and neck cancer

Head and neck cancer (HNC) commonly includes cancers arising in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus and other sites located in the head and neck area (International Classification of Disease (ICD) 10 codes C00-C14, C30-32, C73). In the UK, the major sites are the larynx, oral cavity, hypopharynx and oropharynx, which together account for 90% of HNC squamous cell carcinomas. Approximately 7800 new cases are diagnosed in the UK each year (Office for National Statistics, 2006; NHS National Services: Scotland, 2009; Welsh Cancer Unit, 2009). There have been minimal improvements in 5 year survival rates for the majority of HNCs diagnosed in England, with the lowest 5 year relative survival rate evidenced for hypopharyngeal cancer (26%) and highest for thyroid cancer (87%). The 5 year relative survival rates for oropharyngeal, oral and nasopharyngeal cancer in England remain at approximately 50% (Oxford Cancer Unit, 2010).

Key Words: Head and neck cancer, quality of life, life satisfaction, benefit finding, positive growth

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