2021 年 114 巻 5 号 p. 323-332
The ultimate purpose of cancer treatment is to improve the quality of life (QOL) of the patient besides prolonging the survival. As the prognosis of patients with head and neck cancers improves, attention has been directed at the QOL of the cancer survivors, that is, the quality of survival (QOS). The concept of cancer survivorship refers to the patient showing no signs of cancer after treatment completion, that is, living with, through, and beyond cancer with the family, caregivers, and other survivors. In this editorial, the authors describe the current status and future perspectives, including efforts at our hospital for evaluation of the QOS of head and neck cancer patients, rehabilitation of the shoulder joint after neck dissection, management of radiation-associated dysphagia (RAD) by providing swallowing training, supportive care, early detection for minimally invasive surgery, and the de-escalation treatment strategy for Human Papilloma Virus-related oropharyngeal cancers. We must pay attention to offering head and neck cancer patients not only simple cure, but a better cure.