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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 147-150

Organ preservation strategies: Review of literature and their applicability in developing nations

Department of Head Neck Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Anil D'Cruz
Department of Head Neck Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-330X.136764

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There has been a change in practice in locally advanced laryngopharyngeal cancers toward non-surgical treatment modalities. Although, there have been landmark trials pertinent to organ preservation, their applicability in developing nations is a topic of much debate. The organ preservation concept was based on the findings of pivotal trials by the Veterans Affairs, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer group and Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. Subsequently numerous studies have been designed to evaluate intensification of treatment as well as study toxicity and tolerability. This review critically analyses current evidence for larynx preservation, experience from various centers on organ preservation strategies as well as applicability of these protocols to developing nations.

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