Radiotherapy for parapharyngeal space tumors

Am J Otolaryngol. 2019 Mar-Apr;40(2):289-291. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2018.12.010. Epub 2018 Dec 21.


A wide variety of tumors, both benign and malignant, occur in the parapharyngeal space. Depending on histology and extent, treatment may include surgery and/or radiotherapy (RT). Herein we discuss the role of RT in the management of some of the more commonly encountered neoplasms, including salivary gland tumors, paragangliomas, schwannomas, and soft-tissue sarcomas.

Keywords: Head and neck cancer; Paraganglioma; Parapharyngeal space tumors; Radiotherapy; Schwannoma; Soft-tissue sarcoma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Neurilemmoma / radiotherapy*
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures
  • Paraganglioma / radiotherapy*
  • Pharyngeal Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Radiotherapy, Intensity-Modulated / methods
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Sarcoma / radiotherapy*