Radiation therapy in elderly patients with head and neck cancer: Preliminary results

L. Loreggian, P. Olmi, G. Ausili-Cefaro, Ma L. Friso, M. Pignataro, G. Sotti

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The preliminary results of an Italian prospective multicentric study, planned by the 'Gruppo di Radioterapia Oncologica Geriatrica' to gather information on the different types of treatment of head and neck cancer in the elderly, are reported. The series included 394 patients: 305 males and 89 females ranging in age 70 to 95 years. The information concerned the schooling, family life, site and stage of cancer, surgery and associated complications, type and dose of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, early and late complications, response to treatment. Data of follow-up were collected 2 months after the end of therapy and then at 6, 12 and 24 months respectively. Based on reports from the literature and the preliminary results of the study it is concluded that exclusive or adjuvant radiation therapy in elderly patients with head and neck cancer plays a major role in the therapeutic strategy and it is justified because feasible and well tolerated. Follow-up of complications possibly present in these elderly patients was not complete because of the high number of patients lost to follow-up. Late toxicity and control data are being collected and will be reported in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-48
Number of pages5
JournalRays - International Journal of Radiological Sciences
Issue number2 SUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Elderly
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Radiotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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