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Vol 20, No 5 (2015)
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Published online: 2015-09-01
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Effect of radiotherapy delay in overall treatment time on local control and survival in head and neck cancer: Review of the literature

José A. González Ferreira, Javier Jaén Olasolo, Ignacio Azinovic, Branislav Jeremic
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2015.05.010
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2015;20(5):328-339.

open access

Vol 20, No 5 (2015)
Reviews
Published online: 2015-09-01
Submitted: 2015-01-06

Abstract

Treatment delays in completing radiotherapy (RT) for many neoplasms are a major problem affecting treatment outcome, as increasingly shown in the literature. Overall treatment time (OTT) could be a critical predictor of local tumor control and/or survival. In an attempt to establish a protocol for managing delays during RT, especially for heavily overloaded units, we have extensively reviewed the available literature on head and neck cancer. We confirmed a large deleterious effect of prolonged OTT on both local control and survival of these patients.

Abstract

Treatment delays in completing radiotherapy (RT) for many neoplasms are a major problem affecting treatment outcome, as increasingly shown in the literature. Overall treatment time (OTT) could be a critical predictor of local tumor control and/or survival. In an attempt to establish a protocol for managing delays during RT, especially for heavily overloaded units, we have extensively reviewed the available literature on head and neck cancer. We confirmed a large deleterious effect of prolonged OTT on both local control and survival of these patients.

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Keywords

Radiotherapy; Overall treatment time; Delays; Local control; Survival

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Title

Effect of radiotherapy delay in overall treatment time on local control and survival in head and neck cancer: Review of the literature

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 20, No 5 (2015)

Pages

328-339

Published online

2015-09-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2015.05.010

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2015;20(5):328-339.

Keywords

Radiotherapy
Overall treatment time
Delays
Local control
Survival

Authors

José A. González Ferreira
Javier Jaén Olasolo
Ignacio Azinovic
Branislav Jeremic

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