[Palliative care in patients with head and neck cancer]

Wien Med Wochenschr. 2008;158(23-24):724-8. doi: 10.1007/s10354-008-0624-x.
[Article in German]


Progressive cancer leads to loss of quality of life. This is particularly true for head and neck cancers as they dramatically affect the patients and in addition to this psychological burden cause a lot of physical disabilities. Patients struggle against retreat and helplessness of their environment, feel ostracized and not any longer being a human. In advanced diseases, surgery is not the first choice of treatment. Ostensible control of symptoms, care of relatives and notice of psychosocial facts are the most important therapeutic issues in these patients. They gain the greatest benefit from palliative care with good control of symptoms. This is highlighted by the following case reports.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms / psychology
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Terminal Care / methods
  • Terminal Care / psychology
  • Tracheostomy / psychology