By Marilynn Larkin

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adding external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) to radioactive iodine (RAI) leads to good disease control in locally advanced, differentiated thyroid cancer, especially for patients with tracheal or esophageal invasion who received aggressive surgical resection, researchers say

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Conferences

Clinical trial results have shown that treatment with nivolumab may be the best choice for patients with head and neck cancer. 

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News

By Marilynn Larkin

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Adding external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) to radioactive iodine (RAI) leads to good disease control in locally advanced, differentiated thyroid cancer, especially for patients with tracheal or esophageal invasion who received aggressive surgical resection, researchers say

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The use of a multidisciplinary management approach to head and neck cancer treatment increased the efficiency and level of care patients received.

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For patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma receiving transoral robotic surgery, adjuvant radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy should be avoided if possible, according to a long-term functional and quality-of-life outcomes study.

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Although patients with HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma generally have a more favorable prognosis than patients with HPV-negative disease, those with perineural invasion or angiolymphatic invasion and stage II disease may have poorer outcomes.

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Research in Review

Researchers have identified five quality metrics to help improve head and neck cancer care.

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An immunotherapy agent drastically improved patient-reported quality of life in short and long-term analyses compared with conventional chemotherapy for patients with head and neck cancer.

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A recent study suggests that immunotherapies targeting both PD-L1 and PD-L2 may enhance response rates for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

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Although HPV vaccine reduces the rate of oral HPV infection, the vaccine is still underutilized among teens and young adults. 

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Resources

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has updated their guidelines for central nervous system cancers to include new systemic therapies for the treatment of brain metastases.

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