Head and Neck Cancer: Treatment
Information Summaries from PDQ
- Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation (PDQ®)
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Expert-reviewed information summary about oral complications, such as mucositis and salivary gland dysfunction, that occur in cancer patients treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy to the head and neck.
HPV Status Can Predict Outcome in Oropharyngeal Cancer
Patients with advanced oropharyngeal cancer are more likely to survive if their tumors are HPV positive than if they are HPV negative, according to findings presented at the 2009 ASCO meeting in Orlando.
Cetuximab (Erbitux®) Plus Radiation Beneficial for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
Compared to radiation alone, cetuximab plus radiation therapy improves overall survival of patients with advanced head and neck cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body, according to an article published online November 7, 2009, in Lancet Oncology.
Cetuximab (Erbitux®) Plus Chemo Extends Survival in Advanced Head and Neck Cancer
Patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck who received cetuximab (Erbitux®) in addition to standard chemotherapy lived about three months longer than those receiving chemotherapy alone, according to findings presented at the 2007 ASCO meeting in Chicago.
Related Treatment Information
Drugs Approved for Head and Neck Cancer
This page lists cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for head and neck cancer. The list includes generic names and brand names. The drug names link to NCI’s Cancer Drug Information summaries.
Understanding Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer
This guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality explains differences among four types of radiation therapy used to treat head and neck cancer and possible side effects.
A fact sheet that describes the process of eliminating the blood supply to tumors. Lists the cancers in which this approach is being tested.
Lasers in Cancer Treatment
A fact sheet that describes use of high-intensity light in cancer treatment, its advantages and disadvantages, and types of procedures that use it.
Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer
A fact sheet that explains photodynamic therapy, how it is administered, and indications and side effects of treatment.
Radiation Therapy for Cancer
A fact sheet that defines the different types of radiation therapy and discusses scientific advances that improve the effectiveness of this treatment.