Head and Neck Cancers, Version 1.2015.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

These NCCN Guidelines Insights focus on recent updates to the 2015 NCCN Guidelines for Head and Neck (H&N) Cancers. These Insights describe the different types of particle therapy that may be used to treat H&N cancers, in contrast to traditional radiation therapy (RT) with photons (x-ray). Research is ongoing regarding the different types of particle therapy, including protons and carbon ions, with the goals of reducing the long-term side effects from RT and improving the therapeutic index. For the 2015 update, the NCCN H&N Cancers Panel agreed to delete recommendations for neutron therapy for salivary gland cancers, because of its limited availability, which has decreased over the past 2 decades; the small number of patients in the United States who currently receive this treatment; and concerns that the toxicity of neutron therapy may offset potential disease control advantages.

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Cited Authors

  • Pfister, DG; Spencer, S; Brizel, DM; Burtness, B; Busse, PM; Caudell, JJ; Cmelak, AJ; Colevas, AD; Dunphy, F; Eisele, DW; Foote, RL; Gilbert, J; Gillison, ML; Haddad, RI; Haughey, BH; Hicks, WL; Hitchcock, YJ; Jimeno, A; Kies, MS; Lydiatt, WM; Maghami, E; McCaffrey, T; Mell, LK; Mittal, BB; Pinto, HA; Ridge, JA; Rodriguez, CP; Samant, S; Shah, JP; Weber, RS; Wolf, GT; Worden, F; Yom, SS; McMillian, N; Hughes, M

Published Date

  • July 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 847 - 855

PubMed ID

  • 26150579

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4976490

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-1413

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.6004/jnccn.2015.0102


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States