A recent guideline appearing in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, the American Cancer Society journal, recommends providers improve care coordination for head and neck cancer survivors through survivorship care plans, stronger communication between providers, and inclusion of caregivers.
The guideline was developed with input from ACS members with expertise in primary care, dentistry, surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, clinical psychology, speech language pathology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and nursing. The authors also received a patient perspective from a head and neck cancer survivor.
The guideline authors remark:
The guideline was developed in response to the need for guidance on how best to care for the growing number of head and neck cancer survivors who potentially face both acute and chronic disability … Head and neck cancer survivors should be provided with timely and appropriate support and referral to address physical, psychosocial, and practical effects after treatment.