Head and neck cancers, version 1.2015 featured updates to the NCCN guidelines

Academic Article


  • These NCCN Guidelines Insights focus on recent updates to the 2015 NCCN Guidelines for Head and Neck (H&N) Cancers. These Insights describe the different types of particle therapy that may be used to treat H&N cancers, in contrast to traditional radiation therapy (RT) with photons (x-ray). Research is ongoing regarding the different types of particle therapy, including protons and carbonions, with the goals of reducing the long-term side effects from RT and improving the therapeutic index. For the 2015 update, the NCCN H&N Cancers Panel agreed to delete recommendations for neutron therapy for salivary gland cancers, because of its limited availability, which has decreased over the past 2 decades; the small number of patients in the United States who currently receive this treatment; and concerns that the toxicity of neutron therapy may offset potential disease control advantages.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 12529036
  • Author List

  • Pfister DG; Spencer S; Brizel DM; Burtness B; Busse PM; Caudell JJ; Cmelak AJ; Colevas AD; Dunphy F; Eisele DW
  • Start Page

  • 847
  • End Page

  • 856
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 7