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OBJECTIVES Long term outcomes of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) are rarely reported, but of potential benefit to clinicians and researchers. Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) of the head and neck represent a heterogeneous group of cancers. The purpose of this population based study is to describe primary site specific, long term outcomes of HNC. (More)
PURPOSE There is abundant evidence that a single fraction (SF) of palliative radiation therapy (RT) for bone metastases is equivalent to more protracted and costly multiple fraction courses. Despite this, there is low utilization of SFRT internationally. We sought to determine the utilization of SFRT in a population-based, publicly funded health care(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the physico-biochemical changes in saliva and its relation to quality of life (QOL) in head and neck cancer patients following conventional radiation therapy (RT). MATERIALS AND METHODS 53 consecutive head and neck cancer patients underwent conventional RT using telecobalt photons. We analyzed objective sialometry and(More)
PURPOSE To assess the impact of a population-based intervention to increase the consistency and use of single-fraction radiation therapy (SFRT) for bone metastases. METHODS AND MATERIALS In 2012, an audit of radiation therapy prescriptions for bone metastases in British Columbia identified significant interphysician and -center (26%-73%) variation in the(More)
Cancer is already a well-recognized global phenomenon. The traditional approaches to cancer therapy have been surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. These modalities have shown considerable promise and presently form cornerstones of management of most malignancies. However, these conventional approaches have associated toxicities and suffer from(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS The primary objective was to determine the incidence of second metachronous head and neck cancers (HNC) following an index HNC and estimate their overall survival. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. METHODS A total of 1,658 consecutive primary HNC patients diagnosed in 1986 to 1990 were identified through the prospectively(More)
INTRODUCTION To report on the demographic profile and survival outcomes of North Indian population affected with stage III and stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). MATERIALS AND METHODS From November 2008 to January 2012, 138 consecutively diagnosed NSCLC patients were included in this study. The patient, tumor and treatment related factors were(More)
BACKGROUND Palliative radiotherapy (PRT) can significantly improve quality of life for patients dying of cancer with bone metastases. However, an aggressive cancer treatment near end of life is an indicator of poor-quality care. But the optimal rate of overall palliative RT use near the end of life is still unknown. We sought to determine the patterns of(More)