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J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2012 Feb;70(2):461-72. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2011.02.063. Epub 2011 Jul 20.

Stereotactic radiosurgery in combination with chemotherapy as primary treatment for head and neck cancer.

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  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tsurumi University, School of Dental Medicine, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Japan. kawaguchi-k@tsurumi-u.ac.jp



The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of stereotactic radiosurgery on local control and organ preservation in cases of primary head and neck cancer.


In this retrospective study, 14 patients with a mean age of 73 years were treated between March 2006 and September 2007 with stereotactic radiosurgery for the management of primary head and neck cancer. The patients had biopsy confirmation of disease before treatment and all patients were confirmed with squamous cell carcinoma. The staging consisted of T2 (5 cases), T3 (3 cases), T4 (6 cases), N0 (13 cases), and N1 (1 case). Marginal doses were 3,500 to 4,200 cGy in 3 or 5 fractions. The outcome was assessed according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors criteria based on magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography/computed tomography.


Significant tumor reduction was noted at the third month of follow-up with 5 complete responses and 9 partial responses. At a mean follow-up of 36 months (range, 14-40 mo) the local control and overall survival rates were 71.4% (10/14) and 78.6% (11/14), respectively.


These results show the feasibility of using stereotactic radiosurgery for primary head and neck cancer and its potential benefit in local control and organ preservation.

Copyright © 2012 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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