Purpose The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of oral health on the quality of life of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) before and after oncologic treatment. Methods Forty cancer-free individuals (Cf group) and 40 HNC patients (Hnc group) were included in this study. Hnc group was also divided into two subgroups: Hnc 1 (pre-cancer therapy, n = 20) and Hnc 2 (post-cancer therapy, n = 20). Participants were asked to complete a short form of Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP-14). The results were statistically analyzed with the multivariate analysis of variance with post-hoc Scheffé multiple comparison. Results It was observed a moderate impact on the quality of life on HNC patients, with values on Hnc 2 group significantly higher in the functional limitation when compared to the Hnc 1 group (p < 0.05). When compared to the Cf group, the values found on Hnc group were higher on functional limitation (p < 0.01) and at the total score (p < 0.05), whereas Hnc 2 group had significant superior values on functional limitation (p <0.01), physical pain (p < 0.05), and total score (p < 0.01) Conclusion These results show that there is an
Supportive Care in Cancer – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 30, 2018
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