Navigation Links
Pain Level May Predict Survival in Certain Cancer Patients
Date:8/17/2009

Discomfort should be monitored in those with head and neck malignancies, researchers say

MONDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Higher levels of post-treatment pain in head and neck cancer patients appear to be associated with lower survival rates, U.S. researchers have found.

Their study included 339 patients who provided information about their health and quality of life at diagnosis and three, six, nine and 12 months later. They also rated their post-treatment pain.

"Pain was associated with age, general physical and mental health conditions, depressive symptoms, survival rate and recurrence within the first year," wrote Dr. Joseph Scharpf and colleagues at the University of Iowa.

"The five-year survival rate was 81.8 percent for patients with low post-treatment pain and 65.1 percent for those with high pain. Post-treatment pain and tumor site were independent predictors of recurrence. Pain level, age and treatment modality were independent predictors of five-year survival," the researchers found.

"The prevalence of post-treatment pain within the first year after diagnosis of head and neck cancer suggests that physicians are not adequately addressing this issue, even though pain is associated with health-related quality of life and recurrent disease," the study authors noted.

"Appropriate monitoring can be accomplished through the routine collection of pain as the fifth vital sign," they said. "Proper treatment, including an initial workup for recurrent disease, should be provided using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach."

The study appears in the August issue of the journal Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about head and neck cancer.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Aug. 17, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Adult offspring of parents with PTSD have lower cortisol levels
2. Study Demonstrates Marteks Algal DHA Oil Improves Blood Triglyceride Lipid Levels
3. Low level of neuronal receptor linked to mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimers disease
4. Cleveland-based Health Care Tech Company Within3 Names New CEO
5. LifeMasters Provides Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Blood Cholesterol Level
6. Cardiovascular Technologies to be Highlighted at 5th Annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, Oct. 1-3
7. Cleveland Clinic Press Releases Journal-Writing Book Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Journal Writing by Sheppard B. Kominars, Ph.D.
8. United States continues to have highest level of health spending
9. Screening Proposed for Childhood Cholesterol Levels
10. Womens Folic Acid Levels Improving
11. Health Level Seven Appoints John Quinn as CTO
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Pain Level May Predict Survival  in Certain Cancer Patients 
(Date:8/21/2017)... St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... and career fairs to help healthcare employers connect with physicians and advanced practitioners like ... of virtual career fairs in August through November of this year. The ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... Aliso Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... August 21, 2017 , ... ... Pixel Film Studios. Editors can quickly and easily add washed color grades to ... an image. The LUT changes every pixel’s color to the corresponding color indicated by ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... , ... August 21, 2017 , ... ... recognized community involvement program serving the people of Michigan. The new initiative fundraises ... 120 years at the very forefront of animal protection and welfare by addressing ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... San Diego physician and surgeon Dr. James Veltmeyer, author of ... candidacy for the 52nd Congressional District currently held by Representative Scott Peters. , ... country at age eleven after suffering homelessness and hardship in a distant land, I ...
(Date:8/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 20, 2017 , ... ... the HIPAA ComplyPAK™ Compliance Management System has assisted multiple clients in ... Certified Public Accountants, Service Organization Control Level 2 (AICPA SOC Level 2), and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/2/2017)... CaryRx, a next-generation full-service pharmacy, has announced the ... in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. ... delivery of medications through the convenience of its patient-friendly mobile ... within one hour to any location in D.C. ... invaluable service to Washington D.C. ," says ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC), today ... June 30, 2017, and updated its financial outlook for ... For the fiscal third quarter, Hill-Rom reported earnings of ... share in the prior-year period. These results reflect after-tax ... share primarily related to the non-cash write-down of assets ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... Aesthetics, a leading medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore ... skin conditions from the inside. The natural process of ... skin becomes more transparent due to the thinning of the epidermis. Over ... the sun contributes to aging skin, causing age spots and other ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: