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Home / News and Features / Changing Paradigm in Cancer Care: Cure To QOL



By Dr. Vijay Haribhakti,
Vijay.Haribhakti@rfhospital.org

Head and neck cancer (HNC) as a disease and its treatment have a distinct impact on all aspects of patients’ Quality Of Life (QOL).

As per Journal of Cancer Therapy, QOL is a multidimensional construct of an individual’s subjective assessment of the impact of an illness or treatment on his/her physical, psychological, social and somatic functioning and general well-being. Thus, QOL has become very important aspect.

Treatment modalities significantly affect the QOL in patients with HNC. The location of the tumor, clinical stage, treatment modality, gender, age and habit of smoking have a major impact on QOL. In India, the use of tobacco-related products remains significant, but additional etiologic factors such as HPV also affect HNC presentation, behavior, and treatment. By Dr. Vijay Haribhakti

With best of the expertise & technology at hand, we at RFH focus on the QOL for every cancer patient. With specialized expertise in surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, we have improved control, survival, and quality of life. The outcomes of these treatment modalities have shifted the focus of curative efforts from radical ablation to preservation and restoration of functions.