Quality of Life and Head & Neck Cancer Treatments

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

Ian Ganly discusses patients’ expectations of their quality of life post-surgery. He says it is one of the most important parts of the consultation process.

The patient needs to understand not just the benefits of treatment, Dr. Ganly explains, but the consequences. Dr. Ganly says that while curing the patient of cancer is the absolute first priority, even at the expense of loss of function, the outcome they strive for is also to preserve as much form and function as possible.