Chemotherapy for Temporal Bone Cancer

  • Renata Ferrarotto
  • Merrill S. Kies


Temporal bone cancer (TBC) is rare, accounting for less than 0.2% of malignancies arising in the head and neck. Surgery, whenever possible, is the main treatment modality for TBC. Patients with locally advanced or inoperable disease might be suitable for a curative intent multimodality approach including chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy or concurrent chemoradiation. Some TBC histological subtypes are sensitive to targeted therapy. Given its rarity and absence of prospective, randomized clinical trials, TBC are better managed by a multidisciplinary team in a tertiary referral center.


Chemotherapy Targeted therapy Temporal bone cancer Squamous cell carcinoma Basal cell carcinoma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thoracic-Head and Neck Medical OncologyHoustonUSA

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