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Locoregional recurrences of HNSCC: place of re-irradiations Volume 91, issue 11, Novembre 2004

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Radiothérapie et chirurgie cervico-faciale, Institut Gustave-Roussy, 39, rue Camille-Desmoulins, 94805 Villejuif cedex, Centre hospitalier universitaire, service d’ORL, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre

Unresectable forms of HNSCC relapses occuring in a previously irradiated area are relatively common and may be difficult to manage from a therapeutic point of view. Full dose re-irradiation with concomitant chemotherapy constitutes an alternative to palliative chemotherapy. Indeed, the feasibility of this approach has been shown, and may be associated with a curative potential in a relatively low proportion of these relapses.