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Primary radiation therapy for pharynx

General

Radiation therapy is targeted towards the primary tumor. Regional lymph nodes are also irradiated for regional metastases.

Depending on the localization of the primary tumor and/or T stage, regional lymph nodes may have to be irradiated due to high probability of microscopic disease.

Treatment is given alone or in combination with chemotherapy.

The target volume is adapted individually.

Indication

  • Pharyngeal cancer

Goal

  • Eliminate tumor
  • Reduce tumor volume
  • Remove or limit extent of regional metastases

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