End-of-Life Care and Head & Neck Cancer

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Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeons participate in a panel discussion of the latest advances in head and neck cancer treatment.

Jatin Shah talks about the therapeutic steps physicians should take when curing the patient’s cancer is not possible. If curative treatment is not possible, extending lifespan while maintaining quality of life plays an ever increasing role as the patient’s cancer progresses.

Snehal Patel says that patients generally feel reticent to complain to the surgeon after a terminal diagnosis. However, patients seem more willing to open up to nurses or other caregivers and it is very important for the surgeon to listen to these caregivers.