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February 15, 1995

Management of Head and Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Bozeman, Mont

JAMA. 1995;273(7):596-597. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520310096039

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It is now getting on for ten years since the first edition of this excellent work appeared. That effort broke new ground in several ways, chief of which was the extended collaboration of two experts in the fields of radiation oncology and surgery to document their long experience in working with head and neck cancer patients. In the tight anatomic compartments of the head and neck a variety of cancers originate and metastasize regionally. In this field a very close collaboration between radiation oncologist and surgeon is essential for patients to have the best chance for cure or extended palliation. All too often, however, that dictum of close collaboration is honored only in the breach.

Not so with Million and Cassisi's book. The first edition showed their mutual efforts in every chapter: what to do with different sizes of tumors in the various compartments (T staging), how to manage the

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