Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and three-dimensional conventional radiotherapy (3D-CRT) with regard to patient-rated xerostomia, Radiation Therapy Oncology G roup (RTOG) acute and late xerostomia and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).
Methods and Materials: Included were 241 patients with HNSCC treated with bilateral irradiation +/- chemotherapy. Since 2000, all patients treated with HNSCC were included in a program, which prospectively assessed acute and late morbidity according to the RTOG and HRQoL on a routine basis at regular intervals. Before October 2004, all patients were treated with 3D-CRT (N = 150). After clinical implementation in October 2004, 91 patients received IMRT. In this study, the differences regarding RTOG toxicity, xerostomia, and other items of HRQoL were analyzed.
Results: The use of IMRT resulted in a significant reduction of the mean dose of the parotid glands (27 Gy vs. 43 Gy (p
Conclusions: IMRT results in a significant reduction of patient- and observer-rated xerostomia, as well as other head and neck symptoms, compared with standard 3D-CRT. These differences translate into a significant improvement of the more general dimensions of HRQoL. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1-May-2009|
|Event||49th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-for-Therapeutic-Radiology-and-Oncology (ASTRO) - , Canada|
Duration: 27-Oct-2007 → 1-Nov-2007
- Quality of life
- NECK-CANCER PATIENTS
- CONVENTIONAL RADIOTHERAPY
- NASOPHARYNGEAL CARCINOMA
- OROPHARYNGEAL CARCINOMA
- INITIAL REPORT