Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Radiotherapy Treatments for Head and Neck Cancer
Conclusions on the Comparative Effectiveness Regarding Quality of Life and Adverse Events: IMRT vs. 3DCRT
Patients who receive IMRT have reduced late xerostomia and better quality of life, when compared with those who receive 3DCRT. Evidence is consistent enough to suggest a true effect in favor of IMRT, but it is not possible to create a pooled effect estimate with a confidence interval.
Keywords: adverse events | head and neck cancer | outcomes | quality of life | radiotherapy | xerostomia | comparative effectiveness
- Samson DJ, Ratko TA, Rothenberg BM, et al. Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Radiotherapy Treatments for Head and Neck Cancer, Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 20 (Prepared by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0026). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2010. AHRQ Publication No. 10-EHC014-EF.
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