Intensity modulated radiotherapy for head and neck cancer: evidence for preserved salivary gland function.

@article{Saarilahti2005IntensityMR,
  title={Intensity modulated radiotherapy for head and neck cancer: evidence for preserved salivary gland function.},
  author={Kauko Saarilahti and Mauri Kouri and Juhani Collan and Tuomo H{\"a}m{\"a}l{\"a}inen and T Atula and Heikki Joensuu and Mikko J Tenhunen},
  journal={Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology},
  year={2005},
  volume={74 3},
  pages={251-8}
}
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To investigate the salivary gland function following intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for head and neck cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Seventeen patients with oropharyngeal (n=11) or nasopharyngeal (n=6) carcinoma located adjacent to the major salivary glands were treated with IMRT with an emphasis to spare the salivary glands from high-dose irradiation and to reduce the risk of postirradiation xerostomy. Three patients had stage 2, 4 stage III, and 10 stage IVA… CONTINUE READING
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