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Chapter-39 Radiotherapy in Head and Neck Cancers

BOOK TITLE: Fundamentals of Oral Medicine and Radiology

Author
1. DN Bailoor
2. K Ramdas
3. Kumari Beena
4. S Nillofer
ISBN
9788180615146
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/10318_39
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2005
Pages
11
Author Affiliations
1. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
2. Regional Cancer Center, Trivandrum
3. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
4. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
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Abstract

Radiotherapy, also called radiation therapy, is the treatment of diseases using ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation is used for both therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. For therapy high-energy radiation in megavoltage range is preferred whereas for diagnosis kilovoltage energy is used. Radiotherapy is one the important options in the treatment of oral cancer. A dental surgeon needs to know the basics of radiation therapy because he forms a vital part of the team of health care professionals involved in managing this dreaded scrouge on humanity. His role in diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of radiotherapy patients is highlighted in this discussion.

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