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Comment & Response
June 2016

Scratching the Surface of Suicide in Head and Neck Cancer—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 3Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery, Neurological Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
  • 4Department of Neurological Surgery, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
  • 5Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(6):611. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.0258

In Reply We would like to thank Drs Webb and Briscoe for their interest in our manuscript on the incidence of suicide in patients with head and neck cancer.1 The intent of the manuscript was not only to highlight the high rate of suicide in these patients, but to show that suicide rates were associated with the involved subsite in the head and neck. We postulated that the higher suicide rate among patients with laryngeal and hypopharyngeal malignant diseases, for example, may be related to the poor quality of life associated with tumors of these subsites.

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