Prevention and treatment of the consequences of head and neck radiotherapy.

@article{Vissink2003PreventionAT,
  title={Prevention and treatment of the consequences of head and neck radiotherapy.},
  author={A Vissink and Fred Ronald Burlage and Frederik K. L. Spijkervet and Jolanda Jansma and Rob P Coppes},
  journal={Critical reviews in oral biology and medicine : an official publication of the American Association of Oral Biologists},
  year={2003},
  volume={14 3},
  pages={213-25}
}
The location of the primary tumor or lymph node metastases dictates the inclusion of the oral cavity, salivary glands, and jaws in the radiation treatment portals for patients who have head and neck cancer. The clinical sequelae of the radiation treatment include mucositis, hyposalivation, loss of taste, osteoradionecrosis, radiation caries, and trismus. These sequelae may be dose-limiting and have a tremendous effect on the patient's quality of life. Most treatment protocols to prevent these… CONTINUE READING
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