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Taste Dysfunction in Head and Neck Cancer Due to Radiation Dose

Lowering the dose of radiotherapy delivered to the oral cavity could reduce the risk of taste dysfunction in patients with head and neck cancer, say researchers. MDedge News

Head and Neck Cancer Patients Call for Improvements in Care

Patients with head and neck cancer have the highest rates of emergency department use and hospitalization during treatment, and also the highest rates of psychological distress. Medscape Medical News

Blacks With Head and Neck Cancer Likely Have Worse Outcomes

In a retrospective study of racial/ethnic minorities with head and neck cancer, Blacks had worse outcomes, and researchers are not sure why. Reuters Health Information

Negative Results When Immunotherapy Was Added Onto Radiation

A phase 3 trial investigating the addition of immunotherapy to avelumab onto chemoradiotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer was stopped early. Medscape Medical News

Financial Toxicity and Survival of Patients With Cancer

Patients with head and neck cancer who reported a high level of financial difficulty were found to have a shorter survival than patients who did not. Medscape Medical News

NHS England Starts Pilot Trial of Blood Test for Many Cancers

Patients with head and neck, pancreatic, and other hard-to-spot cancers could soon have their disease picked up early with a simple blood test if a pilot by National Health Service (NHS) England is a success. Medscape Medical News

Proton Beam and Gabapentin Improve Care in Head and Neck Cancer

Proton beam therapy and prophylactic gabapentin each offers significant quality-of-life benefits for patients with head and neck cancer, two studies indicate. Medscape Medical News

A Breath Test to Diagnose Head and Neck Cancer

Breath analysis for non-invasive diagnosis of early-stage head and neck squamous cell carcinoma appears to be practical and accurate. Medscape Medical News

Persistent Hair Loss After Radiation Improved With Minoxidil

For the first time, a study shows that persistent hair loss after radiotherapy for CNS or head and neck cancer improved with topical minoxidil. Medscape Medical News

Gardasil-9 Approved for Prevention of Head and Neck Cancers

The FDA has expanded the indication for the Gardasil-9 vaccine to include the prevention of head and neck cancers Medscape Medical News

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