Morbidities Related to Adjuvant Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy

  • Vijay V. Haribhakti


In this important chapter authored by Drs. Ankita Nachankar and Prasad Dandekar, a detailed account is presented of all the many morbidities that result from these treatments and the strategies possible to manage them in order to minimize complications and sequelae.

Over 60% of all patients treated for head and neck cancer need one or both of these treatments, making it mandatory to strategically minimize complications.

The major morbidities covered include:
  • Radiation dermatitis

  • Radiation mucositis

  • Salivary dysfunction and xerostomia

  • Dysphagia and the importance of “DARS”

  • Aspiration and swallowing maneuvers

  • Trismus and fibrosis

  • Dental effects

  • Osteoradionecrosis

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Toxicities associated with chemotherapy and targeted therapy

In all cases, the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, preventive and management strategies have been outlined, rendering it an extremely important chapter for all.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay V. Haribhakti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OncologySir HN Reliance Foundation HospitalMumbaiIndia

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