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Radical radiotherapy in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: an analysis of prognostic and therapeutic factors

In Clinical Oncology
By: Dinshaw KA.
Contributor(s): Shrivastava SK | Gupta T | Laskar-Ghosh S | agarwaljp@rediffmail.com | Agarwal JP.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Vol 18 Issues 5.Publisher: 2006Description: 383-389.Subject(s): radical radiotherapy | outcome | HNSCC | Brachytherapy | DDC classification: In: Clinical OncologySummary: AIMS: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) continues to be a leading cancer in developing countries. Definitive radiation therapy either primary or as postoperative adjuvant is offered to most patients. We aimed to identify prognostic and therapeutic factors that affect locoregional control and survival in patients undergoing radical radiotherapy for head and neck squamous cell cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 568 previously untreated patients with squamous head and neck cancers, who received radical radiotherapy between 1990 and 1996, using local control, locoregional control and disease-free survival (DFS) as outcome measures. RESULTS: With a median follow-up of 18 months for living patients, the 5-year local control, locoregional control and DFS for all 568 patients were 53%, 45% and 41%, respectively, for all stages combined. The 5-year local control, locoregional control and DFS as per the American Joint Committee on Cancer stage grouping were 78%, 70% and 70%; 64%,
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AIMS: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) continues to be a leading cancer in developing countries. Definitive radiation therapy either primary or as postoperative adjuvant is offered to most patients. We aimed to identify prognostic and therapeutic factors that affect locoregional control and survival in patients undergoing radical radiotherapy for head and neck squamous cell cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 568 previously untreated patients with squamous head and neck cancers, who received radical radiotherapy between 1990 and 1996, using local control, locoregional control and disease-free survival (DFS) as outcome measures. RESULTS: With a median follow-up of 18 months for living patients, the 5-year local control, locoregional control and DFS for all 568 patients were 53%, 45% and 41%, respectively, for all stages combined. The 5-year local control, locoregional control and DFS as per the American Joint Committee on Cancer stage grouping were 78%, 70% and 70%; 64%,

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