Article: Volume 46 Number 9 Page 817 - October 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 817-824

Oral surgery:  Head and Neck Cancer Part 2: the Patient Journey

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Abstract: This is the second paper in a three-part series to discuss head and neck cancer diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Following a confirmed diagnosis of head and neck cancer, patients will begin a long and often challenging pathway that will involve clinicians from a multidisciplinary team (MDT). This paper will summarize the role of individual MDT members involved in patient care, diagnostic and treatment phases for head and neck cancer and common side-effects encountered. By gaining an insight into this part of the patient’s journey, dental practitioners should feel more comfortable and confident engaging in the care and support for head and neck cancer patients.

Clinical relevance: This paper aims to provide readers with an insight into the journey that patients will undertake after being diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

Author notes: Stephanie Hackett, BDS(Hons), PGCert(MedEd), Dental Core Trainee, (email: stephaniehackett@hotmail.com), Oliver Jones, BDS(Hons), PGCert(MedEd), Dental Core Trainee, Despoina Chatzistavrianou, DDS MFDS RCSEd, MClinDent Pro, MPros RCSEd, Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Specialist in Prosthodontics and David Newsum, BDS, MFD RCS, MSc, MRCPS, MRD RCSEd, FDS(Rest Dent) RCSEd, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.

Objective: To provide an insight into the journey that patients will undertake after being diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

 

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