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BACKGROUND Chemoradiation is the preferred treatment for advanced stage IV head and neck cancer. Higher doses of chemotherapy yielded promising results in vitro and vivo, confirmed by intra-arterial (IA) cisplatin-based chemoradiation in phase 2 studies. METHODS Two hundred and thirty-nine patients with (functionally) unresectable head and neck cancer(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To assess the impact of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) versus conventional radiation on late xerostomia and Quality of Life aspects in head and neck cancer patients. PATIENTS AND NETHODS: Questionnaires on xerostomia in rest and during meals were sent to all patients treated between January 1999 and December 2003 with a T1-4,(More)
Resistance to multiple chemotherapeutic agents is a common clinical problem in the treatment of cancer. This resistance may occur before primary therapy or be acquired during treatment. We have generated a monoclonal antibody (MAb) (JSB-I), specific for a conserved epitope on the plasma membrane 170- to 180-kDa glycoprotein, the expression of which is(More)
Functional changes after total laryngectomy, including voice quality, hyposmia and dysgeusia, nasal discharge, swallowing and smoking habits were studied by means of a structured interview with 63 laryngectomized patients. Eighty per cent of the patients reported that they were satisfied with the quality of their voice including speaking on the telephone.(More)
PURPOSE For oral cavity malignancies, sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping is performed by injecting a radiocolloid around the primary tumour followed by lymphoscintigraphy. Surgically, SLNs can then be localized using a handheld gamma ray detection probe. The aim of this study was to evaluate the added value of intraoperative fluorescence imaging to the(More)
Sentinel node mapping is becoming a routine procedure for staging of various malignancies, because it can determine lymph node status more precisely. Due to anatomical problems, localizing sentinel nodes in the head and neck region on the basis of conventional images can be difficult. New diagnostic tools can provide better visualization of sentinel nodes.(More)
PURPOSE Radiotherapy (RT) is a common treatment of head-and-neck carcinoma. The objective of this study was to perform a prospective multivariate assessment of the dose-effect relationship between intensity-modulated RT and hearing loss. METHODS AND MATERIALS Pure tone audiometry at 0.250-16 kHz was obtained before and after treatment in 101 patients (202(More)
BACKGROUND Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) mainly affects patients between the fifth and seventh decade of life but is increasingly seen in young patients (<40 years old). Controversy exists in the literature regarding outcomes for younger patients with HNSCC. METHODS A retrospective cohort analysis was performed comparing survival of 54(More)
OBJECTIVE Evaluation of diagnostic procedures and treatment results in patients with lymph node metastases of squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck region with an unknown primary. DESIGN Retrospective, descriptive. PATIENTS AND METHODS In 1979-98, 39 patients (30 male, 9 female; mean age 59 years; range: 39-88) were treated for cervical lymph(More)
Malignant lymphoma of the parotid gland is a rare condition. In a series of 365 malignant lymphomas of the head and neck seven cases (1.9%) presented with a stage I/II MALT lymphoma of the parotid gland, originating from Mucosa Associated Lymphoid Tissue (MALT) and exhibiting the histological criteria of a centrocyte-like cell proliferation, surrounding(More)