SURVIVAL OF PATIENTS WITH PALLIATIVE HEAD AND NECK CANCER

QCP (Quirine) Ledeboer, M.P. van der Schroeff, Johan Pruijn, Maarten Boer, R.J. Baatenburg de Jong, LA van der Velden

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Abstract

Background. The purpose of this study was to describe patient characteristics and prognostic factors for survival in the palliative stage of patients with head and neck cancer. Methods. Since November 2003, all patients with palliative head and neck cancer treated in our hospital have been recorded in a central database. In total, 262 deceased patients were included in this retrospective study. Results. The reasons for palliation were inoperability, distant metastases, refusal of curative treatment, or poor condition. The mean palliative phase lasted 5.3 months for patients with squamous cell carcinomas. Involvement of a specialized nurse was significantly related with the number of admissions and place of dying. Multivariate analysis showed comorbidity and treatment to be independent predictors of survival in the palliative phase. Conclusion. Comorbidity and palliative interventions are possible prognostic factors for survival. The involvement of a specialized nurse might be associated with an improved quality of life. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck 33: 1021-1026, 2011
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1021-1026
Number of pages6
JournalHead & Neck-Journal for the Sciences and Specialties of the Head and Neck
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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