Long-term neurocognitive problems a concern for head and neck cancer survivors

Head and neck cancer survivors are at risk for delayed neurocognitive deficits (NCD) for at least 2 years after radiotherapy or chemotherapy, according to a prospective longitudinal study. The study assessed neurocognitive function and self-reported symptoms in 80 patients with head and neck cancer requiring definitive chemoradiotherapy or radiotherapy and 40 healthy controls. Significant differences were found between the performance of patients and controls in several domains, with patient deficits increasing over time.
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