Matching treatment intensity to disease biology is critical to achieving a high therapeutic index which maximizes oncologic control and minimizes normal tissue toxicity. Our investigators utilize conventional (genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic) and novel radiomic and pathomic biomarkers of disease aggressiveness and treatment responsiveness to risk-stratify head and neck cancer patients prior to treatment initiation. These static risk-stratification approaches are augmented by the deployment of state-of-the-art metabolic imaging platforms which can interrogate treatment response in real-time in order to develop adaptive, individualized risk stratification profiles for patients with head and neck cancer.
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