Background: Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) or radiosurgery has
emerged as a viable highly precise technique that delivers a hypofractionated radiotherapy
regimen with a high biologic effective dose. In addition to patient convenience, this
dose is thought to provide acceptable local control while keeping toxicity to a minimum
due to the typical small target size. The aims of this paper are to review recent outcomes
with the application of SBRT in the management of head and neck cancer.
Methods: Research and online content related to head and neck cancer SBRT were reviewed
focusing on dose fractionation schedules, incorporation of systemic therapy and
long term toxicity.
Results: SBRT technique provided convenient precise approach in the management of
primary as well as recurrent head and neck cancer with adequate local control rates and
tolerable long term toxicity profile.
Conclusion: The use of stereotactic body radiotherapy is still evolving and multiple
studies are needed to optimize the dose fractionation of SBRT and its integration with