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July 1988

Evaluation of Head and Neck Cancer PatientsA National Survey

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(7):775-778. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860190079028

• A review of the recent literature of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery reveals minimal guidance as to the use of laboratory and radiographic studies in the initial evaluation and subsequent follow-up of patients with head and neck cancer. A national survey was prepared and was sent to 105 otolaryngology–head and neck surgery teaching departments with 53 institutions responding. This survey shows that a baseline of laboratory and radiographic studies are routinely ordered. Follow-up is monthly the first year and every other month the second year. Specialized laboratory tests and radiographic studies are ordered on a caseby-case basis and based on cost effectiveness, research orientation, available resources, and, most importantly, the patient's needs.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1988;114:775-778)