Assessment of a Survivorship Tool for People Previously Treated for Head and Neck Cancers

Full Title

Feasibility Study of the Head and Neck Survivorship Tool: Assessment and Recommendations (HN-STAR)


The treatment of head and neck cancers can sometimes leave survivors with problems such as dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, or other long-term side effects that may affect their quality of life. Researchers are interested in learning more about how survivors of head and neck cancers feel after their treatment is completed. Memorial Sloan Kettering has created a survivors’ self-assessment tool for this purpose called “HN-STAR.”

In this study, researchers are asking survivors of head and neck cancers to use a web-based tool to report their symptoms and report their experience with this novel method of communication. The responses from the patient assessment are used to develop an individualized appointment with a cancer survivorship nurse practitioner who will give personalized recommendations. The responses from the assessment and clinic visit will automatically generate a survivorship care plan. The study assesses the feasibility of this process in clinical practice and assesses the patients and providers experience with this novel tool.


Participants in this study include people who were treated for head and neck cancer at least one year before entering the study and have no evidence of disease. Participants must be age 18 or older and be able to speak and read English.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Shrujal Baxi at 646-888-4236.





Salz, Talya, PhD