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I’m Sorry! You may have to Endure the Oral and Facial Pain a Little Longer

I’m Sorry! You may have to Endure the Oral and Facial Pain a Little Longer

Rasheed Ofosu-Poku.

Journal Title:Acta Scientific Otolaryngology
Abstract


Head and neck cancers (HNC) are one of the ten leading can-cers globally, and its incidence in Africa in general and Ghana in particular is increasing [1,2]. HNC are associated with profound mortality and morbidity. Pain in face, oral cavity and throat are among the most common presentations before treatment when the tumor is pressing on and invading local structures, during treatment due to severe oral mucositis and effect of radiotherapy on facial and trigeminal nerves and surrounding tissues, and after surgical treatment and chemoradiation due to persistent effect on nerves [3,4]. Patients therefore experience a combination of noci-ceptive and neuropathic pain chronically [5].