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January 23, 1987

Head and Neck Cancer: Clinical Decisions and Management Principles

Author Affiliations

University of California Medical School San Francisco

University of California Medical School San Francisco

JAMA. 1987;257(4):552. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390040168044

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As stated in the preface, this book is aimed at a phantom senior specialty fellow to offer information focused on decision making in head and neck cancer and to emphasize the need for intercommunication among the several medical disciplines involved in the care of such patients. This is accomplished with class in a book whose quality binding, glossy paper, and print support the content.

The first portion covers general concepts of head and neck cancer diagnosis and treatment, objectives of care, examination, radiation diagnosis and treatment, interdisciplinary management, and perioperative aspects of nutrition and prophylactic antibiotics. The second portion covers cancers in specific anatomic areas and questions about how to stage tumors and how to plan surgical or radiation or combined therapy. The third section covers complications of therapy, management of the unsuccessfully treated patient, and rehabilitation. There is a final chapter on immunology. The material strikes a fine balance