The Evolving Role of Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer

David L. Schwartz, D. Neil Hayes

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The length and quality of head and neck cancer survivorship continues to meaningfully improve. Radiotherapy has been central to this process through advances in treatment delivery, fractionation schemas, radiosensitizing systemic therapy, and thoughtful interplay with technical surgical improvements. The future looks brighter still, with ongoing progress in targeted biologic therapy, immuno-oncology, and molecular-genetic tumor characterization for personalized treatment. Head and neck cancer, a disease once fraught with nihilism and failure, is evolving into a major success story of modern multidisciplinary cancer care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-108
Number of pages18
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Advances
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Radiotherapy
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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