How effective are swallowing exercises during radiation and chemoradiation in preventing post-treatment dysphagia?
Background: Post-radiation and chemoradiation (RT/CRT) dysphagia is one of the most common and feared complications, especially as there is no known cure and it is a predictor of a poor quality of life. Post-treatment dysphagia occurs in 50% to 60% of patients and leads to decreased oral intake, reliance on tube feeding, and increased utilization of healthcare services. The goal of the present study was to develop a preventive strategy and maximize a dysphagia rehabilitation program during the course of radiation.
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Study design: Retrospective study involving case series with chart reviews.
Setting: David E. Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.| | | Next → | Single Page