Systematic Review of Normal Tissue Complication Models Relevant to Standard Fractionation Radiation Therapy of the Head and Neck Region Published After the QUANTEC Reports

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There has recently been an increasing interest in model-based evaluation and comparison of different treatment options in radiation oncology studies. This is partly driven by the considerable technical advancements in radiation therapy of the last decade, leaving radiation oncologists with a multitude of options to consider. In lieu of randomized trials comparing all of these different treatment options for varying indications, which is unfeasible, treatment evaluations based on normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) models offer a practical alternative. The Quantitative Analyses of Normal Tissue Effects in the Clinic (QUANTEC) effort, culminating in a number of reports published in 2010, provided a basis for many of the since-implemented dose–response models and dose–volume constraints and was a key component for model-based treatment evaluations. Given that 7 years have passed since the QUANTEC publications and that patient-reported outcomes have emerged as an important consideration in recent years, an updated summary of the published radiation dose–response literature, which includes a focus on patient-reported quality of life outcomes, is warranted. Here we provide a systematic review of quantitative dose–response models published after January 1, 2010 for endpoints relevant to radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, because these patients are typically at risk for a variety of treatment-induced normal tissue complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-407
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research

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