Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Radiotherapy Treatments for Head and Neck Cancer
Classification and Staging of Head and Neck Cancer
The majority of head and neck tumors arise from a noninvasive precursor in surface squamous epithelium that progresses to become squamous carcinoma. Other less common head and neck tumors arise from other structures, including the major and minor salivary glands, and give rise to a variety of other tumor types, such as adenocarcinomas.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network Web site. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: Head and Neck Cancers (V.2.2010). Available at: http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp.
- 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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