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Title: A proposed framework for the implementation of head and neck cancer treatment at a new cancer center from a radiation oncology perspective
Authors: Chen, Hon Ming N;Anzela, Anzela ;Hetherington, Ebony;Buddle, Nicole;Vignarajah, Dinesh;Hogan, David;Fowler, Allan;Forstner, Dion;Chua, Benjamin;Gowda, Raghu
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Gosford Hospital
Issue Date: 26-Apr-2023
Source: Online ahead of print
Journal title: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Department: Radiation Oncology
Abstract: Background Establishing a new head and neck cancer (HNC) treatment center requires multidisciplinary team management and expertise. To our knowledge, there are no clear recommendations or guidelines in the literature for the commencement of HNC radiation therapy (RT) at a new cancer center. We propose a novel framework outlining the necessary components required to set-up a new radiation therapy HNC treatment. Methods We reviewed the infrastructure and methodology in the commencement of HNC radiation therapy in our cancer care center and invited several external, experienced metropolitan head and neck radiation oncologists to develop a novel consensus guideline that may be used by new RT centers to treat HNC. Recommendations were presented to our internal and external staff specialists using a survey questionnaire with ratings utilized to determine consensus using pre-defined thresholds as per the American Society of Clinical Oncology Guidelines Methodology Manual. Conclusion This consensus recommendation aims to improve RT utilization whilst advocating for optimal patient outcomes by presenting a framework for new radiation therapy centers ready to step up and manage the treatment of head and neck cancer patients. We propose these evidence-based consensus guidelines endorsed by external HNC radiation oncologists.
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Cancer
Appears in Collections:Oncology / Cancer

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