Surgical Perspectives in Head and Neck Cancer

Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 174)


Head and neck cancer treatment is a complex multidisciplinary undertaking. Cancer cure and survival is a primary goal, yet safe-guarding appearance and function to preserve the quality of life are similarly critical. The head and neck surgeon remains central to multidisciplinary cancer care, with deep knowledge of operative technique and an even deeper understanding of cancer biology. The surgeon models practice based on the highest levels of scientific evidence, but also takes into consideration the approaches that may best suit an individual patient. The surgeon's role moreover spans the life history of a head and neck cancer patient, from diagnosis to surveillance. The intimacy of this role makes the surgeon a trusted and frequent frame of reference for the patient. In this chapter, we provide an overview of the surgeon's role in head and neck cancer management. We discuss surgical perspectives within the multidisciplinary care team and selectively highlight some of the more provocative clinical scenarios in the field.


Head and neck surgical oncology Head and neck surgeon Head and neck cancer Multidisciplinary care Quality of life Role of surgeon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryCedars-Sinai Medical CenterLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Division of Head and Neck SurgeryCity of Hope National Medical CenterDuarteUSA

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