Sparing of the submandibular glands by intensity modulated radiotherapy in the treatment of head and neck cancer.

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The submandibular glands produce most of the unstimulated saliva output and are the key in prevention of radiation-related xerostomia. We investigated whether sparing of the submandibular function is feasible with intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty-six patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer… (More)

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