Evidence for Treating Head and Neck Cancer

New research for treating head and neck cancer suggests that there is some evidence for intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to reduce late xerostomia, or "dry mouth," a serious side effect of cancer radiation, compared with an older radiation therapy technology called three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy.

Radiotherapy Treatments for Head and Neck Cancer Update, a 2010 updated review from AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, also found that more research is needed, but significant challenges exist in gathering additional data. According to the review, head and neck cancer accounts for approximately 3 to 5 percent of cancer in the United States.

Select to access Radiotherapy Treatments for Head and Neck Cancer Update.

Page last reviewed December 2014
Internet Citation: Evidence for Treating Head and Neck Cancer. December 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/ehc-newreview.html