Self Assessment in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology

Author : James Paul O’Neill
Jatin P. Shah

Edition : 2nd Edition

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The term “cancer of the top and neck” generally includes neoplasms arising from the mucosa of the upper aerodigestive tract, including the cavity and paranasal sinuses, also as tumors of the salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and neoplasms arising from the skin, soft tissues, and bones of the craniofacial skeleton. Tumors of neurovascular origin and people arising within the auditory meatus, os temporale, orbit, and skull base also are included during this list. 

Over the course of the past century, the specialty treating these tumors has evolved into a really complex multidisciplinary field requiring the expertise of head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, maxillofacial/dental surgeons, reconstructive microsurgeons, and other allied specialists. 

The training programs for specializing during this complex specialty have also evolved over the course of the past 30 years, with the necessity to include training in increasingly complex technologies, development of latest skill sets, and integration of exposure to nonsurgical disciplines. An increasing number of textbooks are published over the past 20 years, also as a plethora of published journal articles, with emphasis on multidisciplinary treatments. Ample literature is out there for the trainee and therefore the practitioner to stay au courant the advances made within the field. 


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