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Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Oral Cancer

  • David S. Thylur
  • Brenda Capobres Villegas
  • Uttam K. SinhaEmail author
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Abstract

The management of oral cancer necessarily involves not only therapy directed toward improving survival but also rehabilitation of the patient with the goals of improving quality of life and preserving the patient’s dignity. Surgical resection, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy create substantial morbidity and deformity. Treatment of this region therefore has tremendous consequences for irreplaceable functions: mastication, deglutition, verbal communication, respiration, and facial expression. Moreover, cancer creates extensive psychosocial and financial burden for the patient, their families, and the society in general. The focus on quality of life as it pertains to rehabilitation is critical to understanding the oral cancer patient. This chapter is dedicated to the discussion of oral cancer rehabilitation, with an emphasis on functional considerations in order to achieve maximum conservation of activity and quality of life.

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  • David S. Thylur
    • 1
  • Brenda Capobres Villegas
    • 1
  • Uttam K. Sinha
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryKeck school of Medicine at University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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