Development and feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) for patients receiving radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer - the SiP study protocol

Mary Wells, Emma King, Kate Toft, Fiona MacAulay, Joanne Patterson, Nadine Dougall, Nick Hulbert-Williams, Sally Boa, Eleanor Slaven, Julie Cowie, John McGarva, Patricia Gail Niblock, Julie Philp, Justin Roe

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Abstract

Head and neck cancer (HNC) is the sixth most common cancer worldwide, and the functional, psychological and social consequences of HNC cancer and its treatment can be severe and chronic. Dysphagia (swallowing problems) affects up to two thirds of patients undergoing combined chemoradiotherapy. Recent reviews suggest that prophylactic swallowing exercises may improve a range of short- and long-term outcomes; however, the importance of psychological and behavioural factors on adherence to swallowing exercises has not been adequately studied. This study aims to develop and test the feasibility of a Swallowing intervention Package (SiP) designed in partnership with patients, speech and language therapists (SLTs) and other members of the head and neck multi-disciplinary team (MDT), for patients undergoing chemoradiotherapy (CRT) or radiotherapy (RT) for head and neck cancer.
Original languageEnglish
Article number40
JournalPilot and Feasibility Studies
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • dysphagia
  • cancer
  • head and neck
  • intervention
  • exercise
  • rehabilitation
  • study protocol

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