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Unilateral radiation therapy for advanced stage tonsil cancer results in favorable outcomes
Date:2/20/2014

, meaning the cancer did not recur in the adjacent nodes or the original location of the cancer in any of the patients. Distant metastasis, meaning the cancer spread from the original tumor site to distant organs or lymph nodes, developed in four (9 percent) of the patients. Two patients developed second primary (new) cancers.

"All treatments for cancersurgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapyalthough effective, can cause temporary and/or permanent toxicity which can affect long-term quality of life," said study author Wade Thorstad, MD, chief of Head and Neck Services and associate professor of Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. "Our research indicates that for appropriately selected patients with tonsil cancer, the volume of radiation therapy necessary to control the cancer can be significantly reduced, therefore reducing the side effects and toxicity of radiation, while maintaining a high rate of tumor control."


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Contact: Michelle Kirkwood
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American Society for Radiation Oncology
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