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Dealing with the physical changes following treatment for head and neck cancer has been recognized as challenging despite the often hidden changes. Chen and colleagues in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center performed a cross-sectional analysis of 211 patients who were disease-free after 1 year or more following radiotherapy treatment to evaluate the prevalence of self-reported depression using the University of Washington Quality of Life instrument. These investigators found a high rate of depression among these patients but that very few utilized mental health services.
Highlights. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(9):871. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.2599