Management of patients treated with chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer without prophylactic feeding tubes: the University of Pittsburgh experience.

@article{McLaughlin2009ManagementOP,
  title={Management of patients treated with chemoradiotherapy for head and neck cancer without prophylactic feeding tubes: the University of Pittsburgh experience.},
  author={Brian T McLaughlin and Abhay S. Gokhale and Yongli Shuai and Joyce Diacopoulos and Ricardo Carrau and Dwight E Heron and Russell P. Smith and Michael K Gibson and Robert L Ferris and Jennifer R Grandis and Jonas T. Johnson and Athanassios Argiris},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
  year={2009},
  volume={120 1},
  pages={
          71-5
        }
}
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Mucositis and dysphagia are common complications of chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for head and neck cancer that may necessitate nutritional support with a gastrostomy tube (G-tube). METHODS We reviewed records of patients who underwent and completed CRT, which included at least one traditional chemotherapeutic, for previously untreated head and neck cancer. G-tubes were placed as needed. The timing and duration of G-tube placement and treatment-related complications and risk… CONTINUE READING

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