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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 1080-1083

Need of collaborative radiology–radiation oncology workshops in decision making for head and neck cancer (HNC) management in India: Perspectives of the radiation oncologists

Department of Radiation Oncology, Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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Trinanjan Basu
Department of Radiation Oncology, Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon-122 001, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.148681

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Background: In India, head and neck cancer (HNC) has always been a challenge to treatment due to its various disease., treatment., and patient.related factors. Recent developments in the field of both radiology and radiation oncology brings us to a stage where combined collaborative efforts are required for proper management of HNC. The article identifies the potential areas of such need through online survey. Materials and Methods: This anonymous online survey with specific questions and their responses from radiation oncology community identifies potential areas of radiology expertise as perceived by a radiation oncologist. The questions were simple Likert-type and the best possible response was sought for. Results: There were 57 email responses and majority (37) agreed upon the extreme importance of such collaborative efforts. The major areas where a radiation oncologist would seek help are target volume delineation and response evaluation posttreatment in HNC, though other areas are also important albeit to a lesser degree. Conclusion: There is urgent need of radiology.radiation oncology workshops in managing HNC in the modern era of image.based and image-guided treatment. Future larger hospital.based survey would determine need on a large scale basis at resolving these issues.

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