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Ottavio Piccin, Giovanni Sorrenti, Francesca Milano
Sleep apnea has been shown to be more prevalent in patients who underwent radiotherapy and or surgery for head and neck cancer. Here we describe two cases of severe OSAS induced by surgery and radiotherapy, treated by Mandibular Advancing Devices as an alternative option to continuous positive airway pressure.
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Maria Isabel Martínez-Fernández, Juan Alcalde, Mauricio Cambeiro, German Valtueña Peydró, Rafael Martínez-Monge
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: This study was undertaken to determine the feasibility of salvage surgery and PHDRB in patients with previously irradiated, recurrent head and neck cancer or second primary tumors arising in a previously irradiated field. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Sixty-three patients were treated with surgical resection and PHDRB. The PHDRB dose was 4Gy b.i.d.×8 (32Gy) for R0 resections and 4Gy b.i.d.×10 (40Gy) for R1 resections, respectively. Further external beam radiotherapy or chemotherapy was not given...
October 13, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Ajay Gupta, Siddhartha Baxi, Christopher Hoyne
INTRODUCTION: Comprehensive oncology services have recently been introduced in the Northern Territory (NT) enabling delivery of concurrent chemo-radiotherapy (CCRT) in locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (LAHNSC). The purpose of this study is to assess feasibility, compliance and toxicity of CCRT in remote Australia. METHODS: Chart review was conducted for all patients >18 years, with biopsy-proven LAHNSC, receiving curative intent CCRT between January 2010 and September 2012...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Cheng-Guang Lin, Sen-Kui Xu, Wen-Yan Yao, Yu-Qi Wu, Jian-Lan Fang, Vincent W C Wu
INTRODUCTION: In intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients, an effective immobilisation system is important to minimise set up deviation. This study evaluated the effectiveness of three immobilisation systems by assessing their set up deviations. METHODS: Patients were randomly assigned to one of the three immobilisation systems: (1) supine on head rest and base plate (HB); (2) supine with alpha cradle supporting the head and shoulder (AC); (3) supine with vacuum bag supporting the head and shoulder (VB)...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Gaber Plavc, Jasna But-Hadžić, Aleksandar Aničin, Boštjan Lanišnik, Vojislav Didanović, Primož Strojan
OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence and to review experience with the treatment of mucosal melanoma of the head and neck (MMHN) in Slovenia between 1985 and 2013. METHODS: The National Cancer Registry database and clinical records with outcome data of identified patients treated during the period 1985-2013 in Slovenia were reviewed. RESULTS: In a 29-year period, 61 patients with MMHN were identified, representing 0.5 % of all head and neck malignant tumors and 42 % of all mucosal melanomas in Slovenia...
October 14, 2016: Radiation Oncology
S Karatayli-Ozgursoy, J A Bishop, A T Hillel, L M Akst, S R Best
Malignant salivary gland tumours of the larynx are very rare, with limited reports of clinical outcomes. We present the decade-long experience of a single institution. A 10-year retrospective chart review of a tertiary head and neck cancer centre was performed. Index patients were identified from a review of a pathology database, and reviewed by a head and neck pathologist. Patient demographics, presenting signs and symptoms, treatment modalities and clinical outcomes were extracted from electronic medical records...
August 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Marta Skiba-Tatarska, Marta Kusa-Podkańska, Anna Surtel, Joanna Wysokińska-Miszczuk
Radiotherapy of head and neck tumours causes numerous complications in the oral cavity. The most frequent side effects are: mucositis, osteoradionecrosis, hypogeusia or dysgeusia, xerostomia, dental caries, dentinal hypersensitivity. It is recomended to prevent, reduce or relieve these complications in the oral cavity.
July 29, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Caroline Brammer, Sundus Yahya, Dawn Dawson, Carol Glaister, Susan B Merrick
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this feasibility study is to define the resource effectiveness of Cetuximab versus cisplatin given concomitantly with radiotherapy for squamous cell carcinoma within a NHS clinical oncology unit. METHODS: 20 Patients with stage 3 or 4 head and neck squamous cell cancers were randomised to receive either Cetuximab with radiotherapy (ERT) or cisplatin with radiotherapy (CRT) concurrent with external beam radiotherapy 70 Gy in 35 fractions on a 1:1 basis over a 12-month duration...
October 13, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
R L Ferris, J L Geiger, S Trivedi, N C Schmitt, D E Heron, J T Johnson, S Kim, U Duvvuri, D A Clump, J E Bauman, J P Ohr, W E Gooding, A Argiris
BACKGROUND: Treatment intensification for resected, high-risk, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is an area of active investigation with novel adjuvant regimens under study. In this trial, the epidermal growth-factor receptor (EGFR) pathway was targeted using the IgG2 monoclonal antibody panitumumab in combination with cisplatin chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in high-risk, resected HNSCC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible patients included resected pathologic stage III or IVA squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, larynx, hypopharynx, or human-papillomavirus (HPV)-negative oropharynx, without gross residual tumor, featuring high-risk factors (margins <1 mm, extracapsular extension, perineural or angiolymphatic invasion, or ≥2 positive lymph nodes)...
October 11, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Alexander T Falk, Christophe Hébert, Antoine Tran, Marie-Eve Chand, Axel Leysalle, Juliette Thariat, Olivier Dassonville, Gilles Poissonnet, Alexandre Bozec, Esma Saada, Fréderic Peyrade, Karen Benezery
Concomitant radiotherapy and cetuximab association has shown superiority to exclusive radiotherapy for head and neck cancers. Data on this association are scarce for the elderly population despite its rising incidence. A retrospective monocentric data collection was performed in the Antoine Lacassagne Cancer Center in France. Inclusion criteria were: age >70 years at time of diagnosis, histologically proven head and neck epidermoid carcinoma, treated with radiotherapy combined with cetuximab. Thirty-five patients were included between 2008 and 2012...
October 11, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Canhua Xiao, Qiang Zhang, Phuc Felix Nguyen-Tân, Marcie List, Randal S Weber, K Kian Ang, David Rosenthal, Edith J Filion, Harold Kim, Craig Silverman, Adam Raben, Thomas Galloway, Andre Fortin, Elizabeth Gore, Eric Winquist, Christopher U Jones, William Robinson, David Raben, Quynh-Thu Le, Deborah Bruner
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE(S): To analyze quality of life (QOL) and performance status (PS) for head and neck cancer (HNC) patients treated on NRG Oncology RTOG 0129 by treatment (secondary outcome) and p16 status, and to examine the association between QOL/PS and survival. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eligible patients were randomized into either an accelerated-fractionation arm or a standard-fractionation arm, and completed the Performance Status Scale for the Head and Neck (PSS-HN), the Head and Neck Radiotherapy Questionnaire (HNRQ), and the Spitzer Quality of Life Index (SQLI) at 8 time points from before treatment to 5 years after treatment...
July 25, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Irene Göllnitz, Johanna Inhestern, Thomas G Wendt, Jens Buentzel, Dirk Esser, Daniel Böger, Andreas H Mueller, Jörn-Uwe Piesold, Stefan Schultze-Mosgau, Ekkehard Eigendorff, Peter Schlattmann, Orlando Guntinas-Lichius
To examine the impact of comorbidity on overall survival (OS) in a population-based study of patients with head and neck cancer who were treated between 2009 and 2011. Data of 1094 patients with primary head and neck carcinomas without distant metastasis from the Thuringian cancer registries were evaluated concerning the influence of patient's characteristics and comorbidity on OS. Data on comorbidity prior to head and neck cancer diagnosis was adapted to the Charlson Comorbidity (CCI), age-adjusted CCI (ACCI), head and neck CCI (HNCCI), simplified comorbidity score (SCS), and to the Adult Comorbidity Evaluation-27 (ACE-27)...
October 11, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Jonah D Klein, Michael E Kupferman
BACKGROUND: Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS) is a familial cancer predisposition associated with a germline mutation in TP53. Patients with LFS are at risk of developing malignancies and require comprehensive screening. We describe an index case of LFS presenting with mucosal melanoma. METHODS: A 21-year-old woman presented with a left maxillary mucosal lesion and a left neck mass. Biopsies revealed metastatic mucosal melanoma, which is a pathology previously unreported in LFS families...
October 11, 2016: Head & Neck
K Kırca, S Kutlutürkan
Radiotherapy is a reliable and effective treatment method for the treatment of head and neck cancers. This study was conducted as a descriptive work with the purpose of determining the symptoms experienced by patients with head and neck cancer who are undergoing radiotherapy. The study was carried out on 47 patients receiving treatment in oncology clinics. Data were obtained at mid-radiotherapy (RT), at the end of radiotherapy and 1 month after the end of radiotherapy using the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS) and Personal Information Forms...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
M Roskies, E Kay-Rivest, M A Mascarella, K Sultanem, A Mlynarek, M Hier
BACKGROUND: A commonly employed treatment for advanced staged oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) is concurrent radiation and chemotherapy with cisplatin as the gold standard. Carboplatin is reported to have the same radiopotentiation properties and a superior side effect profile; however, its use in head and neck cancer has been limited due to the paucity of data and reported hematologic side effects. In this study, we describe our institution's experience with carboplatin, paclitaxel and radiation in the treatment of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma over a 10 year period...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
B J Heijnen, R Speyer, B Kertscher, R Cordier, K W J Koetsenruijter, K Swan, H Bogaardt
Introduction. Patients with head and neck cancer suffer from various impairments due to the primary illness, as well as secondary consequences of the oncological treatment. This systematic review describes the effects of radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy on the functions of the upper aerodigestive tract in patients with head and neck cancer. Methods. A systematic literature search was performed by two independent reviewers using the electronic databases PubMed and Embase. All dates up to May 2016 were included...
2016: BioMed Research International
Maria K Peltola, Joel S Lehikoinen, Lauri T Sippola, Kauko Saarilahti, Antti A Mäkitie
INTRODUCTION: The patient's role in toxicity reporting is increasingly acknowledged. There is also a need for developing modern communication methods between the patient and the medical personnel. Furthermore, the increasing number of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients is reflected in the volume of treatment follow-up visits, which remains a challenge for the health care. Electronic patient-reported outcome (ePRO) measures may provide a cost-efficient way to organize follow-up for cancer patients...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Ear, Nose and Throat
Christoph Straube, Steffi U Pigorsch, Hagen Scherb, Jan J Wilkens, Henning Bier, Stephanie E Combs
BACKGROUND: Especially elderly and frail patients have a limited ability to compensate for side effects of a radical treatment of head and neck malignancies. Limiting the target volume to the macroscopic disease, without prophylactic nodal irradiation, might present a feasible approach for these patients. The present work therefore aims evaluating an IMRT/IGRT -SIB concept for safety and efficacy. METHODS: The study retrospectively enrolled 27 patients with head and neck cancers treated between 01/2012 and 05/2015...
October 6, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Imran Petkar, Keith Rooney, Justin W G Roe, Joanne M Patterson, David Bernstein, Justine M Tyler, Marie A Emson, James P Morden, Kathrin Mertens, Elizabeth Miles, Matthew Beasley, Tom Roques, Shreerang A Bhide, Kate L Newbold, Kevin J Harrington, Emma Hall, Christopher M Nutting
BACKGROUND: Persistent dysphagia following primary chemoradiation (CRT) for head and neck cancers can have a devastating impact on patients' quality of life. Single arm studies have shown that the dosimetric sparing of critical swallowing structures such as the pharyngeal constrictor muscle and supraglottic larynx can translate to better functional outcomes. However, there are no current randomised studies to confirm the benefits of such swallow sparing strategies. The aim of Dysphagia/Aspiration at risk structures (DARS) trial is to determine whether reducing the dose to the pharyngeal constrictors with dysphagia-optimised intensity- modulated radiotherapy (Do-IMRT) will lead to an improvement in long- term swallowing function without having any detrimental impact on disease-specific survival outcomes...
October 6, 2016: BMC Cancer
Daan Nevens, Olivier Vantomme, Annouschka Laenen, Robert Hermans, Sandra Nuyts
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to make a prognostic model for regional relapse in head and neck cancer using clinical and Computed Tomography (CT) parameters. METHODS: 183 patients with lymph node-positive head and neck cancer were treated between 2002 and 2012 with radiotherapy or concurrent chemoradiotherapy. CT studies pre- and post-treatment were reviewed for lymph node size and presence of necrosis, extracapsular spread and calcifications. For every patient, correlations with 3 year regional control (RC), metastasis free survival (MFS), disease free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) were made...
October 6, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
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