Cancer Patients Who Smoke, Drink May Face Longer Feeding Tube Use

March 19, 2015 4:00 PM

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THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and heavy drinking seem to increase the risk that patients with head and neck cancer will need a feeding tube for an extended time after treatment, new research suggests.

The study included 104 patients with squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. The patients had treatment with either a combination of chemotherapy and radiation or radiation alone. Twelve months after treatment, 35 percent of the patients were still using feeding tubes.

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