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Special Communication
October 2016

Survivorship in Head and Neck Cancer: A Primer

Matthew C. Miller, MD1; Andrew G. Shuman, MD2; for the American Head and Neck Society’s Committee on Survivorship
Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(10):1002-1008. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.1615

Survivors of cancer and cancer-directed therapies may encounter substantial medical, psychosocial, interpersonal, financial, and functional consequences. The collective experience of being a cancer survivor has been dubbed survivorship. As a unique discipline, cancer survivorship has garnered much attention in recent years. However, its constructs have yet to be formally introduced or applied to head and neck oncology. Recognizing this, the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) has convened a committee on survivorship. The concept of survivorship is reviewed and placed into historical perspective to identify current gaps in head and neck survivor care and to provide a roadmap for future initiatives in survivorship care and research.

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