Dear Authors,
If you believe that your paper was mistakenly rejected by other leading journals and you do not agree with final decision, the editors of Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy offer new fast track review. You may submit your manuscript to Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy together with all prior peer-reviews obtained from the other journal and your rebuttal letter. We guarantee review based decision within 72 hours from the time we will receive your manuscript.

Fast track submission process: Please submit the manuscript with all reviews and rebuttal letter by email to Dr. Michal Masternak (michal.masternak@ucf.edu) for fast review processing. To assure immediate attention the email title must to include: RPOR-fast track- Last Name First Name (of corresponding author).

Volume 24, Number 5, 2019

Are intraoral customized stents still necessary in the era of Highly Conformal Radiotherapy for Head & Neck cancer? Case series and literature review

P.Appendino, F. Della Ferrera, D. Nassisi, G. Blandino, E.Gino, S.D.Soll, M.G.Ruo Redda

Summary:

Aim To evaluate the dose sparing efficacy of intraoral customized stents in combination with IGRT/VMAT in Head & Neck cancer patients. Background Despite advances in high-dose conformal radiotherapy (RT) techniques, adverse effects (such as oral mucositis) during and after RT often require temporary suspension of treatment and affect the quality of life in survivors. Intraoral customized stents can decrease radiation doses in healthy tissues and minimize damage from radiations. At the best of our knowledge the clinical impact of such devices in combination with VMAT (volumetric modulated arc therapy) is not reported in the literature. Cases description Three Head & Neck cancer patients were submitted to image guided (IG) RT/VMAT in their treatment protocol. Dose distribution with and without the use of an intraoral stent was compared in each patient. Mean radiation doses proved to be lower in all patients, especially in the subsite: oral cavity. Conclusions There are several reports on the efficacy of IS during RT for Head & Neck cancer. Despite technological advances, the combination between high conformal RT and intraoral stents could still play a role in the management of this kind of patients. This strengthens the usefulness of the individualization of treatments and multidisciplinary approach.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2019; 24(5) : 491-498


« back

 
INDEXED IN:

Indexed in: EMBASE®, the Excerpta Medica database, the Elsevier BIOBASE (Current Awareness in Biological Sciences) and in the Index Copernicus.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/15071367/19/2