A cost-effectiveness analysis of a preventive exercise program for patients with advanced head and neck cancer treated with concomitant chemo-radiotherapy.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

BMC cancer, Volume 11, p.475 (2011)

Keywords:

Adult, Aged, Cisplatin, Combined Modality Therapy, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Decision Support Techniques, Deglutition, Exercise Therapy, Female, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Humans, Male, Markov Chains, Middle Aged, Models, Economic, Netherlands, Radiotherapy, Young Adult

Abstract:

Concomitant chemo-radiotherapy (CCRT) has become an indispensable organ, but not always function preserving treatment modality for advanced head and neck cancer. To prevent/limit the functional side effects of CCRT, special exercise programs are increasingly explored. This study presents cost-effectiveness analyses of a preventive (swallowing) exercise program (PREP) compared to usual care (UC) from a health care perspective.