Site-Specific Cancer Series: Head and Neck Cancer
Caring for patients with head and neck cancer presents tremendous nursing challenges in all practice settings. Although new surgical techniques and treatments have improved function, cosmesis, and symptom management, individuals with head and neck cancer still have unique physiologic and psychosocial needs. Patients may suffer through facial disfigurement and the multiple sensorimotor functional impairments associated with treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Head and Neck Cancer reviews all aspects of this disease, including
- Anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
- Prevention and early detection
- Patient assessment
- Surgical management of head and neck malignancies
- Radiation treatment and symptom management
- Postoperative management of the head and neck surgical patient
- Nursing research issues.
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