Barbara A. Sigler, RN | Authors

Rehabilitation for the Head and Neck Cancer Patient

January 01, 1998

Although head and neck cancer accounts for only about 5% of all malignancies, the functional and cosmetic changes that result from the tumor or its treatment pose a challenge to the health-care community. In today’s health-care environment, we are being forced or at least encouraged to decrease the length of hospital stay for patients following all types of surgical procedures. As a result, the inpatient census for most units has decreased substantially, causing many specialized patient care units to close.