NCCN Guidelines® Insights - Head and Neck Cancers, Version 1.2015
These NCCN Guidelines Insights focus on recent updates to the 2015 NCCN Guidelines for Head and Neck (H&N) Cancers. These Insights describe the different types of particle therapy that may be used to treat H&N cancers, in contrast to traditional radiation therapy (RT) with photons (x-ray). Research is ongoing regarding the different types of particle therapy, including protons and carbon ions, with the goals of reducing the long-term side effects from RT and improving the therapeutic index. For the 2015 update, the NCCN H&N Cancers Panel agreed to delete recommendations for neutron therapy for salivary gland cancers, because of its limited availability, which has decreased over the past 2 decades; the small number of patients in the United States who currently receive this treatment; and concerns that the toxicity of neutron therapy may offset potential disease control advantages.
This activity has been designated to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, and pharmacists involved in the management of patients with cancer.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Integrate into professional practice the updates to the NCCN Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancers
- Describe the rationale behind the decision-making process for developing the NCCN Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancers
- 1.00 Participation
- 1.00 Nurse
- 1.00 Pharmacist
- 1.00 Physician