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Retropharyngeal nodes in squamous cell carcinoma of oropharynx: incidence, localization, and implications for target volume.

Authors
  • Bussels, Barbara
  • Hermans, Robert
  • Reijnders, Alex
  • Dirix, Piet
  • Nuyts, Sandra
  • Van den Bogaert, Walter
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2006
Volume
65
Issue
3
Pages
733–738
Identifiers
PMID: 16751061
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Given the high incidence of RP nodal involvement in oropharyngeal cancer-16% of all patients and 23% of patients with pathologic nodal disease in other neck sites-RP nodes should be included in the target volume, especially in node-positive necks. In node-negative necks, inclusion of RP nodes into the target volume is advised in posterior pharyngeal wall tumors.

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