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Head and Neck Cancer

  • Allen M. Chen
  • K. S. Clifford Chao
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Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

Technological advances in the field of radiation oncology have revolutionized the management of head and neck cancer over the last decade. As will be discussed, the transition toward more technologically sophisticated methods of radiation therapy (RT) planning and delivery has presented clinicians with unanswered questions requiring a search for new standards. Given the inherent complexity of many of the radiotherapeutic techniques currently used, a thorough understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each is imperative so that the potential for disease cure can be maximized while keeping side effects to a minimum. Thus, the goal of this chapter is for the reader to gain an understanding of these technological issues and to develop an appreciation of the “art,” as well as the “science” of RT for head and neck cancer. In this chapter, the use of RT refers to external-beam techniques utilizing high-energy photons unless otherwise stated.

Keywords

Parotid Gland Planning Target Volume Clinical Target Volume Gross Tumor Volume Helical Tomotherapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UC Davis Cancer CenterSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Weill Cornell Radiation OncologyNew YorkUSA

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