AHNS Series - Do you know your guidelines? Guideline recommended follow-up and surveillance of head and neck cancer survivors

Benjamin R. Roman, David Goldenberg, Babak Givi

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Abstract

In this first article of the "Do You Know Your Guidelines" series, we review National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommendations and underlying evidence for the follow-up and surveillance of head and neck cancer survivors. The goals of follow-up and surveillance care are (1) to maximize long-term oncologic outcomes of therapy with appropriate evaluation for recurrence, (2) to maximize functional and quality of life outcomes, and (3) minimizing unnecessary and harmful low-value care. Finding the right balance of testing and surveillance is a challenge for providers and patients. Herein, we review all NCCN recommendations for head and neck cancer survivors. We pay particular attention to an area of controversy: the use of ongoing surveillance imaging, in particular, PET/CT scans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-174
Number of pages7
JournalHead and Neck
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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