Carotid Artery Stenosis Screening for Cancer Patients

Patients treated with radiation for head and neck cancer may also benefit from carotid artery stenting.

Dr. Jennifer Dorth a resident in radiation oncology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina reports that many patients that receive radiation in the head and neck area also show asymptomatic stenosis.

Among 225 patients who had received radiation and were screened, an estimated 18% had significant asymptomatic stenosis within three years after treatment.

“We recommend screening for head and neck cancer patients given that there are high rates of stenosis as well as high rates of progression of stenosis,” remarked Dr. Dorth.

For more information on cartoid artery stenting read Radiation Increases Risk for Carotid Artery Stenting.