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May 21, 1982

Cancer of the Head and Neck

Author Affiliations

University of Washington School of Medicine Saint Cabrini Hospital Seattle


edited by James Y. Suen and Eugene N. Myers, 905 pp, with illus, $89, New York, Churchill Livingstone, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;247(19):2723-2724. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320440063045

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Head and neck cancers make up about 5% of cancers in men and about 2% of cancers in women. The overall survival of patients with head and neck cancer is 67% at five years when the disease is classified as local, but drops to 30% when disease is regional. Approximately 45,000 new cases of head and neck cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States.

This volume, in my opinion, is the single best text on head and neck cancer extant. Its 32 chapters are lucidly and comprehensively written by authors with known credibility, reputation, and experience.

The totality of care of the head and neck cancer patient is covered, including chapters on evaluation, preoperative and postoperative care, nutrition, anesthesia, dental considerations, nursing, and reconstruction and prosthetics. Cancer of the neck, skin, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, lips, oral cavity, oropharynx, nasopharynx, hypopharynx, cervical esophagus, larynx, cervical trachea, salivary glands,