Adaptive Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

Full Title

A Prospective Non-Inferiority Trial of the Use of Adaptive Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Radiation Therapy


Radiation therapy is a common treatment for head and neck cancers. Typically, the radiation is delivered all the way to the edges of the cancer. However, as the cancer shrinks throughout treatment, normal tissue may be irradiated if the radiation field remains the same.

With adaptive radiation therapy, the patient undergoes periodic scans throughout treatment, and the shape of the radiation delivered to the cancer changes as the cancer shrinks. It is thought that adaptive radiation therapy may result in fewer side effects to normal tissue than traditional radiation therapy .The purpose of this study is to see if adaptive radiation therapy is as effective as the traditional approach and if it causes fewer side effects.


To be eligible for this study, patients must meet several criteria, including but not limited to the following:

  • Patients must have head and neck cancer and be planning to have radiation therapy.
  • Patients may not have previously received induction chemotherapy or radiation therapy to the head and neck area.
  • This study is for patients age 18 and older.

For more information about this study and to inquire about eligibility, please contact Dr. C. Jillian Tsai at 631-623-4268.





Disease Status

Newly Diagnosed