Navigation Links
Patients with head and neck cancer may have impairment of some driving skills
Date:9/17/2007

A preliminary study suggests that patients with cancer in the head and neck region may have inferior performance in some driving skills compared with individuals without the disease, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Driving is a complex task that requires adequate cognitive, psychomotor and visuoperceptualmotor functions that work together. These functions can be compromised to a greater or lesser extent in patients with cancer in the head and neck region who have received cancer treatment, the authors write. Side effects from cancer treatment may reduce head and neck mobility and may cause cognitive impairment, pain and psychological distress predisposing patients to greater driving risks.

Hon K. Yuen, Ph.D., O.T.R./L., of the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and colleagues used a virtual reality driving simulator to evaluate the driving skills of 10 patients with head and neck cancer (average age 56) and 50 members of the community (average age 48). Researchers recorded average speed, average brake reaction time, steering variability (vehicle offset from the center of driving lane in inches), the total number of collisions and the score of the Simulator Driving Performance Scale, which assesses participants driving behavior and skills including braking properly at intersections, driving within the speed limit, using mirrors properly and staying a safe distance from other vehicles.

The median (midpoint) time between surgery and participation in the study was 26.6 months and the average time between cancer therapy and study participation was 20 months.

The average brake reaction time and steering variability in the patients with cancer group were significantly longer (3,134.92 milliseconds vs. 2,299.8 milliseconds) and larger (271.26 inches vs. 46.45 inches), respectively, than those in the control group. There was not a significant difference between the two groups in average speed (21.8 miles per hour vs. 25.18 miles per hour), total number of collisions (1.1 vs. 1.4) or Simulator Driving Performance Scale scores.

This pilot study provides preliminary evidence indicating inferior driving performance in a group of patients with cancer in the head and neck region when compared with a community control group, the authors conclude. Further study is needed to investigate specific causes that may contribute to poor driving performance and the consequences this may have on driving in the real world for patients with cancer.


'/>"/>

Contact: Vicky Agnew
843-792-0376
JAMA and Archives Journals
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. One in Three Heart Attack Patients Have No Chest Pains
2. Amphetamines Help Recovery of Stroke Patients
3. Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients Lives
4. Patients With Filariasis More Prone To HIV Infection
5. Glivec - New Hope For CMC Patients
6. HIV infected patients can travel safely abroad
7. New vaccine helps allergy and asthma patients
8. Doctors operate upon patients in candlelight- latest from the quake scene
9. New vaccine helps allergy and asthma patients
10. Are cancer patients being taken for a ride?
11. Alternative medicine more popular among HIV positive patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/10/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of Nestlé KITKAT as the first global confectionery ... the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their product, through activities that ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medical media, ... practitioners and specialists working in infectious diseases. , As the all-inclusive resource ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... MetLoop CEO Jay ... 2.0 version at the International Roofing Expo in Orlando, Florida on February 17-19. ... most advanced weather technology in the hands of consumers, roofing contractors, manufacturers and ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) within Healthcare, recently partnered with Heart City ... interpreting (VRI). , For nearly 23 years, Heart City Health Center has provided ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... Compliancy Group LLC is pleased ... professionals throughout the country. The Guard was specifically designed to handle each element ... training, regulatory updates, and compliance coaching. , In addition to meeting the compliance ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Feb. 10, 2016  Fotona, based in the U.S. and ... its new ST PRO Lightwalker dental laser at the upcoming ... from 25-27 February, 2016 in booth #4815. The ST PRO ... with many of the features of the award winning, industry ... PRO competitive price will be very attractive to many dentists ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) (NASDAQ: VNDA ), today ... and full year ended December 31, 2015. ... transformational year for Vanda with the continued growth of ... of HETLIOZ for Non-24," said Mihael H. Polymeropoulos, M.D., ... our U.S. product portfolio builds on this success and ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... report from business intelligence provider GBI Research - Alzheimer,s Disease Therapeutics Market ... double from just under $5 billion in 2014 to an estimated $10.4 billion ... Canada , France , Germany ... and Japan , and will primarily be driven by increased ... France , Germany , Italy ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: