Prolonged Survival of the Patient with Head and Neck Cancer with Squamous Cell Carcinoma treated with Cetuximab: A Case Report

Pratap Kishore Das, Jayanta Patowary


Introduction: Cetuximab, an epidermal growth factor (EGFR) inhibitor has radio sensitizing activity for locoregionally, advanced head and neck cancer (LAHNC). The drug is either used in combination with radiotherapy or in combination with other chemotherapeutic drugs.

Case Presentation: A 35-year-old male patient diagnosed with cancer of tongue atloco regional stage who had previously undergone hemiglossectomy was treated with TPF (docetaxel, cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil) as induction therapy(ICT)followed by concurrent local radiation therapy (RT) and cetuximab for 6weeks.The first recurrence appeared 4 years after the surgery, which was treated with RT along with standard treatment with cetuximab for 6weeks.Second recurrence was treated with cetuximab in combination with cisplatin and docetaxel. The patient survived for 8 years since he began his treatment.

Conclusion: Cetuximab in combination with RT and other chemotherapeutic drugs can offer a longer survival in patients with both recurrent, locally advanced and metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck cancer.


Squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck cancer (SCCHN), Cetuximab, Epidermal growth factor (EGFR), Head and neck cancer (HNC)

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