A Literature Review of Late Complications of Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers: Incidence and Dose ResponseNiranjan Bhandare* and William M Mendenhall
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Niranjan Bhandare
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Florida Health Science Center
2000 SW Archer Road
P.O. Box 100385, Gainesville
FL 32610-0385, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 14, 2012; Accepted Date: August 25, 2012; Published Date: August 31, 2012
Citation:Bhandare N, Mendenhall WM (2012) A Literature Review of Late Complications of Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers: Incidence and Dose Response. J Nucl Med Radiat Ther S2:009. doi:10.4172/2155-9619.S2-009
Copyright: © 2012 Bhandare N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Depending on the time of its occurrence, toxicity from cancer therapy is classified as acute or delayed. Acute toxicity develops during or shortly after completion of treatment. It is often temporary and usually can be managed by conservative means. Delayed toxicity occurs months or years after treatment and is often permanent. The underlying processes of many delayed toxicities are not well understood, thus limiting the scope for their treatment and management. Delayed toxicities may exhibit severe manifestations that can affect a patient’s quality of life significantly. This report reviews some late complications of head and neck after radiation therapy and relevant dose-response information.