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Dealing with the Vicissitudes and Abject Consequences of Head and Neck Cancer: A Vital Role for Psycho-Oncology

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Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, QC H4A 3J1, Canada
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Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, QC H3T 1E2, Canada
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Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, McGill University, Montreal, QC H4A 3T2, Canada
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Lady-Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, QC H3T 1E2, Canada
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Cunningham Centre for Palliative Care Research, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia
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Departments of Palliative Care, Cabrini Health and Monash Health, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC 3144, Australia
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Department of Psychology, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, QC H3T 1E2, Canada
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Curr. Oncol. 2022, 29(9), 6714-6723; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol29090527
Received: 8 July 2022 / Revised: 22 August 2022 / Accepted: 14 September 2022 / Published: 19 September 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Psychosocial Oncology)
Patients with head and neck cancer face important life-altering effects in appearance and function, affecting distress and quality of life and requiring the involvement of a multidisciplinary team. Psycho-oncology makes an important contribution to the field, as head and neck cancers carry a huge adaptational toll. To illustrate the value of this discipline, we report two cases of patients with advanced head and neck cancer for which the treatment-related body changes were of major significance. A commentary by the treating surgeons and psycho-oncologists precedes a general discussion about the clinical management of such patients. The article outlines strategies to address health literacy, doctor–patient communication, treatment decision-making, and emotional distress; placing the person at the center of oncological care. It calls for the broad application of principles of psychological first aid by healthcare professionals in oncology. View Full-Text
Keywords: body image; disfigurement; head and neck cancer; quality of life; shame; stigma; psycho-oncology body image; disfigurement; head and neck cancer; quality of life; shame; stigma; psycho-oncology
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Mascarella, M.A.; Morand, G.B.; Hier, M.P.; Mlynarek, A.; Albert, J.G.; Kissane, D.; Henry, M. Dealing with the Vicissitudes and Abject Consequences of Head and Neck Cancer: A Vital Role for Psycho-Oncology. Curr. Oncol. 2022, 29, 6714-6723. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol29090527

AMA Style

Mascarella MA, Morand GB, Hier MP, Mlynarek A, Albert JG, Kissane D, Henry M. Dealing with the Vicissitudes and Abject Consequences of Head and Neck Cancer: A Vital Role for Psycho-Oncology. Current Oncology. 2022; 29(9):6714-6723. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol29090527

Chicago/Turabian Style

Mascarella, Marco A., Gregoire B. Morand, Michael P. Hier, Alexander Mlynarek, Justine G. Albert, David Kissane, and Melissa Henry. 2022. "Dealing with the Vicissitudes and Abject Consequences of Head and Neck Cancer: A Vital Role for Psycho-Oncology" Current Oncology 29, no. 9: 6714-6723. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol29090527

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