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Dr. Dwight Heron provides an overview on some of the new options and challenges in head and neck cancers.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the selection criteria for dose selection of SBRT in recurrent Head & Neck Cancer
  • Identify the cohort of patients with better outcomes after SBRT
  • Improve diagnostic skills in the role of PET/CT in SBRT for head and neck recurrences

Reading Resources:

  1. Heron DE, Ferris RL, Karamouzis M, Andrade RS, Deeb EL, Burton S, Gooding W, Branstetter BF, Mountz JM, Johnson JT, Argiris A, Grandis JR, Lai SY. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck: Results of a Phase I Dose-Escalation Trial. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 75(5):1493-500, 2009, PMID: 19464819.
  2. Rwigema JC, Heron DE, Ferris RL, Gibson M, Quinn A, Yang Y, Ozhasoglu C, Burton S. Fractionated Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Previously-Irradiated Recurrent Head and Neck Carcinoma: Updated Report of the University of Pittsburgh Experience. Am J Clin Oncol.  33(3):286-93, 2010, PMID: 19875950.
  3. Wang K, Heron DE, Flickinger JC, Rwigema JC, Ferris RL, Kubicek GJ, Ohr JP, Quinn AE, Ozhasoglu C, Branstetter BF. A retrospective, deformable registration analysis of the impact of PET-CT planning on patterns of failure in stereotactic body radiation therapy for recurrent head and neck cancer. Head Neck Oncol. 2012 Apr 19;4(1):12.  PMID: 22515371.


Dr. Heron has reported no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 6/23/2016 | Last Modified On: 6/23/2016 | Expires: 6/23/2017

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