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Influence of dosimetric and clinical criteria on the requirement of artificial nutrition during radiotherapy of head and neck cancer patients

Matuschek, Christiane ; Bölke, Edwin ; Geigis, Caroline ; Kammers, Kai ; Ganswindt, Ute ; Scheckenbach, Kathrin ; Gripp, Stephan ; Simiantonakis, Jannis ; Hoffmann, Thomas K. ; Greve, Jens ; Gerber, Peter Arne ; Orth, Klaus ; Roeder, Henning ; Hautmann, Matthias G. ; Budach, Wilfried



Abstract

Purpose/objective(s): Intensification of radiotherapy and chemotherapy for head-and-neck cancer (HNC) may lead to increased rates of long term dysphagia as a severe side effect. Mucositis and consequent swallowing problems require artificial nutrition in many HNC. patients undergoing radiotherapy or chemoradiation. It is unknown, which predict factors for prophylactic PEG tube insertion appear ...

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