Link between facility volume, radiation outcomes for head and neck cancers

The association between provider case volume and outcomes has long been suggested in cancer care. A research team has completed a review of outcomes for patients with locally advanced squamous cell head and neck cancers treated with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and found a distinct association between higher-volume treatment centers and improved overall survival.
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Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Oncology Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Clinical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Original Articles: Head and Neck Source Type: research
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Source: Practical Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Clinical Investigation Source Type: research
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