Multimodality therapy has improved tumor control in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, but the long-term prognosis in this group is still poor. In this project, we are trying to understand the impact of different factors (tumor, co-morbidity, tobacco, demographic) on the cause and timing of death in survivors of head and neck cancer. In a recent study we found that second malignancies are the leading cause of death in head and neck cancer patients before five years.
To achieve our goal, we have identified a cohort of approximately 500 patients treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering for non-metastatic head and neck cancer. We have submitted this list of patients to the National Death Index at the Centers for Disease Control to learn the specific cause of death in this cohort. Simultaneously, we are abstracting the clinical data from the electronic medical records of these cases. Combining the data from these two sources, we will be able to identify predictors for specific causes of death and therefore inform future survivorship planning models.
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