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Sleep disturbance and cancer treatment

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Sleep disturbances are a common complaint in head and neck cancer patients and have been shown to decrease quality of life. A recent University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center study shows that this may be due to increased symptoms of pain and dry mouth related to radiation treatments. Reducing these factors could be warranted to improve sleep hygiene and essentially enhance quality of life. Joyce talks with the study author, Dr. Sonia Duffy, Ph.D., R.N., professor of nursing at the U-M School of Nursing and otolaryngology.

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