Basic Principle of Resection for Head and Neck Cancer
Treatment options for the management of head and neck cancer include surgery, radiation, chemoradiotherapy, or a combination of these treatments. This chapter focuses on basic principles of the surgical resection for head and neck cancers. The challenge of ablative surgery of head and neck cancers is to perform an adequate resection while providing the best functional reconstruction. Adequate resection of the primary tumor, eradication of regional lymph nodes, and successful reconstruction are the key to most efficacious treatment for head and neck cancer. The following section would discuss some surgical details including approach/incision and resection concepts according to subsites of head and neck cancer.
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