Abstract # 1001 Upfront Salivaryglandulopexy [A Novel Option to Improve Radiation Compliance & QOL] in Patients Undergoing Radical Radiation Therapy for H & N Cancer

Presenter: Bhalavat, Rajendra

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Xerostomia and salivary gland (SGD) damage are inseparable while treating H & N cancers with radical doses of External Beam Radiotherapy (rEBRT). Saliva (SF) a measure of SGDs performance, requisite for maintenance of oral mucosal wetness, is responsible for preserving oral hygiene and quality of life (QOL). Prevention of SGDs damage from radiation is the key to preservation of SF. Besides salivary output, xerostomia, consequential from lack of saliva can be used as barometer of SF. Submandibulosalivaryglandulopexy (SMSGP) or [Submandibular Salivary gland Transfer (SMSGT)] is a novel technique to retain the SF, transferring/repositioning one of the mandibular gland into the submental space and blocking the same from radiation. This presentation reports our experience with upfront SMSGT for patients with head and neck cancers treated with radical radiation [rEBRT +/- Brachytherapy)to assess feasibility of SMSGT, its influence on SF and consequently the radiation compliance (RC) and QOL.

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