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Head and Neck cancer (HNC) patients have unique outcomes and resource needs. They often experience debilitating speech, nutrition, respiratory, and psychological problems, requiring a multidisciplinary team. Additionally, they also require more support in terms of alcohol and tobacco support, whether that be an addiction medicine specialist or a support group. The coordination of these specialists is difficult in a rural setting with limited resources. Furthermore, HNC is more prevalent in developing countries and rural populations due to use of known etiological factors like tobacco and alcohol. The combination of high prevalence and low resources in rural populations may lead to suboptimal treatment and worst outcomes.
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head and neck cancer, rural, multidisciplinary care
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Chang, Amy K., "Barriers to Head and Neck Cancer Treatment in Rural Populations" (2022). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 834.