Ewa M Silander

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this randomized study was to examine if a prophylactic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) for enteral nutrition could prevent malnutrition, reduce hospital stay, and improve health-related quality of life (HRQOL). METHODS One hundred thirty-four patients with advanced head and neck cancer were randomized to either(More)
PURPOSE To examine health-related quality of life (HRQL) of all head and neck cancer patients from diagnosis until 3 years later and to analyze its dependence on tumor site and other patient characteristics. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Two hundred thirty-two patients (mean age 61 years; 70% men) were included and followed with clinical measures and mailed(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this prospective study was to evaluate whether a relationship exists between malnutrition (> or =10% weight loss) and health-related quality of life (HRQL) in patients with head and neck cancer and whether weight loss can be predicted with HRQL questionnaires. METHODS Weight and HRQL were monitored in 49 patients. HRQL was(More)
Background/objectives:Malnutrition decreases the cancer patient’s ability to manage treatment, affects quality of life and survival, and is common among head and neck (HN) cancer patients due to the tumour location and the treatment received. In this study, advanced HN cancer patients were included and followed during 2 years in order to measure their(More)
OBJECTIVES Assessment of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in head and neck cancer patients from diagnosis to 5 years after start of treatment. STUDY DESIGN A prospective, descriptive study METHODS three hundred fifty-seven patients from Norway and Sweden filled in HRQL questionnaires, the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQL) in patients with oral tongue, tonsil, or base of tongue cancer in a prospective longitudinal study and explore correlations between HRQL scores and interstitial radiation dose, dose rate, and volume of implant. METHODS AND MATERIALS Ninety patients with oral tongue cancer (n=30) and tonsil or base(More)
BACKGROUND A longitudinal, prospective, case-control study evaluated if a psychosocial support program improved health-related quality of life (HRQL) in head and neck (H&N) cancer patients. METHODS One hundred forty-four H&N cancer patients were included: 52 study patients and 92 controls. The study group met the support team repeatedly throughout the(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Malnutrition is common among head and neck cancer patients and negatively impacts on survival and quality of life. This study aimed to identify predictors of malnutrition at time of diagnosis in order to identify patients at risk and enable early nutritional support and prevent malnutrition. MATERIALS AND METHOD A total of 134(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the health-related quality of life (HRQL) of patients with laryngeal carcinoma in a prospective longitudinal multicenter study at diagnosis, after 1 and 5 years in relation to tumor location and treatment modality. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Eighty-six patients (mean age 66 years; 84% males) with laryngeal carcinoma were evaluated with(More)
Objective The purpose of this study was to prospectively and longitudinally compare the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) outcomes between head and neck (HN) cancer patients treated with parotid-sparing intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and patients treated with 3-dimensional conventional radiation therapy (3D-CRT). Methods and materials(More)