Treatment is complex for patients with head and neck (H&N) cancers with specific site of disease, stage, and pathologic findings guiding treatment decision-making. Treatment planning for H&N cancers involves a multidisciplinary team of experts. This article describes supportive care recommendations in the NCCN Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancers, as well as the rationale supporting a new section on imaging recommendations for patients with H&N cancers. This article also describes updates to treatment recommendations for patients with very advanced H&N cancers and salivary gland tumors, specifically systemic therapy recommendations.
David G. Pfister, Sharon Spencer, David Adelstein, Douglas Adkins, Yoshimi Anzai, David M. Brizel, Justine Y. Bruce, Paul M. Busse, Jimmy J. Caudell, Anthony J. Cmelak, A. Dimitrios Colevas, David W. Eisele, Moon Fenton, Robert L. Foote, Thomas Galloway, Maura L. Gillison, Robert I. Haddad, Wesley L. Hicks Jr., Ying J. Hitchcock, Antonio Jimeno, Debra Leizman, Ellie Maghami, Loren K. Mell, Bharat B. Mittal, Harlan A. Pinto, John A. Ridge, James W. Rocco, Cristina P. Rodriguez, Jatin P. Shah, Randal S. Weber, Gregory Weinstein, Matthew Witek, Frank Worden, Sue S. Yom, Weining Zhen, Jennifer L. Burns, and Susan D. Darlow
Featured Updates to the NCCN Guidelines
Jimmy J. Caudell, Maura L. Gillison, Ellie Maghami, Sharon Spencer, David G. Pfister, Douglas Adkins, Andrew C. Birkeland, David M. Brizel, Paul M. Busse, Anthony J. Cmelak, A. Dimitrios Colevas, David W. Eisele, Thomas Galloway, Jessica L. Geiger, Robert I. Haddad, Wesley L. Hicks Jr, Ying J. Hitchcock, Antonio Jimeno, Debra Leizman, Loren K. Mell, Bharat B. Mittal, Harlan A. Pinto, James W. Rocco, Cristina P. Rodriguez, Panayiotis S. Savvides, David Schwartz, Jatin P. Shah, David Sher, Maie St. John, Randal S. Weber, Gregory Weinstein, Frank Worden, Justine Yang Bruce, Sue S. Yom, Weining Zhen, Jennifer L. Burns, and Susan D. Darlow
The NCCN Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancers address tumors arising in the oral cavity (including mucosal lip), pharynx, larynx, and paranasal sinuses. Occult primary cancer, salivary gland cancer, and mucosal melanoma (MM) are also addressed. The specific site of disease, stage, and pathologic findings guide treatment (eg, the appropriate surgical procedure, radiation targets, dose and fractionation of radiation, indications for systemic therapy). The NCCN Head and Neck Cancers Panel meets at least annually to review comments from reviewers within their institutions, examine relevant new data from publications and abstracts, and reevaluate and update their recommendations. These NCCN Guidelines Insights summarize the panel’s most recent recommendations regarding management of HPV-positive oropharynx cancer and ongoing research in this area.