Chronic Pain in Head and Neck Cancers

  • Vijay V. Haribhakti


One of the most distressing realities about advanced Head and Neck cancers is chronic and often unremitting Pain.

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy produce mucositis, ulceration, necrosis, xerostomia and trismus, which in turn lead to severe pain and neuropathy. The degree and persistence of pain depend upon the dose of radiation and the extent of tissue damage.

Pain assumes a variety of manifestations and must be accurately assessed for type and intensity. A scoring system has been described.

A variety of agents are employed for pain relief and their use depends upon analysis of the cause, intensity and persistence.

Although now a specialty in itself, pain relief must be understood by every practitioner of Head and Neck Oncology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay V. Haribhakti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OncologySir HN Reliance Foundation HospitalMumbaiIndia

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