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Oropharyngeal cancer patients report benefit in salivary function with reduction of radiation dose to bilateral IB lymph nodes

For head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy, a reduction in the amount of radiation treatment volume to the submandibular (level IB) lymph nodes resulted in better patient-reported salivary function, according to research. The study results also found significant reductions in radiation dose to the salivary organs, and good local regional control.
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