Current Trends in Head and Neck Cancer The history of head and neck cancer therapy is one of evolution. As science progresses, new therapies are added to the armamentarium of the cancer physician. This article will review some of the common therapies used to treat head and neck cancer as well as review some of the ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2006
Current Trends in Head and Neck Cancer
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  • Jahmal A. Hairston, MD
    University of Cincinnati Department of Otolaryngology Cincinnati, OH
  • Keith M. Wilson, MD
    University of Cincinnati Department of Otolaryngology Cincinnati, OH
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Article   |   July 01, 2006
Current Trends in Head and Neck Cancer
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2006, Vol. 16, 3-9. doi:10.1044/vvd16.2.3
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2006, Vol. 16, 3-9. doi:10.1044/vvd16.2.3
The history of head and neck cancer therapy is one of evolution. As science progresses, new therapies are added to the armamentarium of the cancer physician. This article will review some of the common therapies used to treat head and neck cancer as well as review some of the more common cancers seen.
Traditionally, the role of chemotherapy has been to palliate symptoms in recurrent and primary metastatic disease. In general, cancer chemotherapy drugs act by inhibiting cell mitosis or interfering with cell synthesis of protein, DNA, or RNA by the cell. Drugs are classified into groups based on their characteristics or origin (Fischer, 1983).
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