Overview of Radiation Oncology in Head and Neck Cancers

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that involves sending high-energy beams of particles through the skin toward the tumor. When the beams reach the tumor, they destroy the cancer cells by damaging their DNA. Radiation therapy is known for its particular effectiveness against head and neck tumors. Noah Kalman, M.D., will provide insight on the evolution of radiation treatment and the changes that impact the risk of dental sequelae.  

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, Dentists, Otolaryngologists, Gastroenterologists, Radiologists, Medical Oncologists, Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons, Surgeons, Pathologists, Hospitalists, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. 

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the role of radiation oncology in head and neck cancers. 
  • Assess the evolution of radiation treatment and how these changes impact the risk of dental sequelae. 
  • Improve the comfort level of dental providers in caring for patients with head and neck cancers.
Additional information
  • Chaturvedi, A. K., Engels, E. A., Pfeiffer, R. M., Hernandez, B. Y., Xiao, W., Kim, E., ... & Gillison, M. L. (2011). Human papillomavirus and rising oropharyngeal cancer incidence in the United States. Journal of clinical oncology, 29(32), 4294.
  • Buglione, M., Cavagnini, R., Di Rosario, F., Sottocornola, L., Maddalo, M., Vassalli, L., ... & Magrini, S. M. (2016). Oral toxicity management in head and neck cancer patients treated with chemotherapy and radiation: Dental pathologies and osteoradionecrosis (Part 1) literature review and consensus statement. Critical reviews in oncology/hematology, 97, 131-142.
  • Blanchard, P., Gunn, G. B., Lin, A., Foote, R. L., Lee, N. Y., & Frank, S. J. (2018, January). Proton therapy for head and neck cancers. In Seminars in radiation oncology (Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 53-63). WB Saunders.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ABOHNS MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Noah S. Kalman, M.D., MBA
Radiation Oncology 
Miami Cancer Institute
Miami, Florida

Noah Kalman, M.D., faculty for this educational activity, is an advisory board participant for Naveris and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Evan B. Rosen, DMD, conference director of this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose. 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.  

*Ineligible companies - Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn their required annual part II self-assessment credit in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s Continuing Certification program (formerly known as MOC). It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of recognizing participation.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 ABOHNS MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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