Number: RTOG 0920 Principal Investigator: Thorstad, Wade
Title: A Phase III Study of Postoperative Radiation Therapy (IMRT) +/- Cetuximab For Locally Advanced Resected Head and Neck Cancer
Phase: III Disease Site: Lip, Oral Cavity and Pharynx
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The purpose of this study is to compare the effects, good and/or bad, of radiation therapy alone with radiation therapy and cetuximab on you and your cancer to find out which is better. In this study, you will get either radiation therapy alone OR radiation therapy and cetuximab.
If you participate in this study, you will receive intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). IMRT is a form of radiation in which radiation beams are designed to avoid important normal parts of your body, such as your salivary glands.
Your doctor also may decide to use a technique called image guided radiation therapy (IGRT). The purpose of IGRT is to give radiation treatment more accurately to your tumor while decreasing the radiation to normal tissues. Small adjustments in your radiation treatment are made each treatment day based on x-ray images taken right before each day's treatment to ensure that your radiation treatment is given as accurately as possible.
Use of IGRT may lead to improved accuracy of radiation treatment compared to regular radiation therapy and eventually, that will be more useful against cancer. At this time, however, there is no proof that using this technique is more useful against cancer than regular radiation treatment without this technique.
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