Possibilities of biological treatment of head and neck cancers

06/2018

MUDr. Markéta Pospíšková

Onkologické oddělení, Krajská nemocnice Tomáše Bati, Zlín

 

SUMMARY

Tumors of the head and neck are among the world's most incidences of cancer. In the last decade there has been an increase in tumors associated with HPV infection and a decrease in the incidence of tumors associated with smoking and alcohol abuse. Despite the awareness, there are still 60% of patients in locoregional advanced stages and 12 % of patients have distant metastasis at the time of diagnosis. The basis of treatment is a multidisciplinary approach. Thanks to new knowledge about tumor biology, which has brought new therapeutic options (antibodies, immunotherapy), generalized and relapsing cancers have improved survival.

 

KEY WORDS

squamous cell carcinoma, head and neck cancer, concomitant chemoradiotherapy, targeted bio-therapy, immunotherapy, palliative therapy

 

 

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