Titova V.A. Radiation therapy for oropharyngeal cancer – should we change the priorities under intensive systemic bacterial and viral exposure. Head and neck. Russian Journal. 2020;8(3):76–79
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The close clinical multidisciplinary monitoring provides an early diagnosis of oropharyngeal cancer at an initial contact with therapist, dentist, otolaryngologist, endoscopist, etc., during a viral-bacterial pandemic. The OPR organs must also be examined with imaging methods (ultrasound, CT, MRI, PET-CT), followed by a detailed assessment in case of suspected cancer. Morphologically confirmed I–II cancer stage expands the possibilities of surgical treatment, enabling to conduct organ-preserving operations with an effective conformal precision radiation therapy. In case of contraindications to surgical treatment or its subradical volume, combined radiation therapy becomes an option of choice, with automated high-power brachytherapy under conditions of medium fractionation.
Key words: oropharyngeal cancer (tongue, mucous membrane of the jaw processes alveolar region, cheek, palate, oral cavity) early diagnosis and conformal radiation therapy
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