Systemic Therapies in the Management of Head and Neck Cancer

Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


The management of head and neck cancer (HNC) is evolving with the introduction of more effective treatment strategies. Current optimal treatment strategies incorporate principles of best practices and practice guidelines [1]. Predictive factors, such as age, stage, co-morbidity and human papillomavirus (HPV) status have been shown to relate to outcome, thus making for a more accurate estimation of prognosis. Factor analysis has the validity to assess the potential for cure as well as palliative end-points, such as time to treatment failure and estimated survival [2–5].


Positron Emission Tomography Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Systemic Therapy Induction Therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Medical Oncology, CancerCare Manitoba, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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