An often neglected burden of HNC survivorship is that on the psychological effects of head and neck cancer on both the patients and caregivers.
Patient Mental Health:
According to the American Head & Neck Society"Patients with head and neck cancer and depression may experience: three times higher risk for suicide, poor quality of life, higher chance of not completing treatment, increased risk for death."
In HNC patients with 5+ year survival rate, 28.5% reported depressive symptoms.
1-year pain and diet: Strongest predictors of 5-year HRQOL outcomes