Posted: Dec 21, 2010 2:24 PM by Bea Karnes
Most head and neck cancer patients have little trouble speaking or swallowing after chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
In a study of 163 patients, University of Chicago researchers found chemoradiotherapy with or without surgery lowered speaking and swallowing problems, compared to surgery alone.
Those who experienced speaking difficulties were more likely to be female, have a history of smoking, and had tumors in the larynx or hypopharynx.
Swallowing problems were more prevalent among older patients and those with tumors in the larynx or hypopharynx.
The study is published in the December issue of Archives of Otolaryngology.
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