Is the introduction of more advanced radiotherapy techniques for locally-advanced head and neck cancer associated with improved quality of life and reduced symptom burden?

Max Dahele, Jim P. Tol, Marije R. Vergeer, Femke Jansen, Birgit I. Lissenberg-Witte, C. Rene Leemans, Ben J. Slotman, Irma M. Verdonck-de Leeuw, Wilko F.A.R. Verbakel*

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Technical improvements in head and neck cancer radiotherapy over the last decade have resulted in substantial reductions in dose to organs-at-risk. For a mix of tumors, we saw less xerostomia moving from 3D-conformal to more advanced techniques. For oropharynx-only there were additional improvements, including in global quality-of-life and sticky saliva.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-303
Number of pages6
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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