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Curr Opin Oncol. 2002 May;14(3):330-3.

Reirradiation: a potentially curative approach to locally or regionally recurrent head and neck cancer.

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  • 1University of Chicago, Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.


The treatment options for patients with recurrent head and neck malignancies arising in a previously irradiated field are limited. Surgical salvage is feasible in a minority of patients. The majority are referred for palliative chemotherapy with no realistic chance for cure. Data are accumulating to support reirradiation as a potentially curative approach for patients with locally or regionally recurrent head and neck cancer. This article provides a rationale for management and reviews recent results of reirradiation.

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