Abstract

Survival from head and neck cancer is not uncommon. However, treatment is often radical and may compromise the patient’s appearance, function, and quality of life. The most common modalities of treatment, employed either singly or in combination, are chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Each treatment modality involves unique complications and compromises, many of which are amenable to rehabilitation techniques. A role of the occupational therapist on a cancer rehabilitation team is described and an overview of the therapeutic procedures for the evaluation and treatment of common problems recognized in these patients is presented. The material is derived both from clinical experience of the rehabilitation team and from a literature review employed in developing the rehabilitation program.

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