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Comment & Response
May 2018

Multidisciplinary Clinical Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(5):461. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.3451

In Reply We thank Mark and colleagues for recognizing our publication and for their shared dedication to improving cancer care. We find their results in the field of prostate cancer to be quite interesting, particularly their findings regarding a survival benefit in patients with access to a multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) treatment model. Likewise, we plan to investigate potential survival benefits in our own head and neck cancer MDC treatment model once we have accrued sufficient patient volumes and follow-up time. Recent retrospective studies in head and neck cancer have identified survival benefits in patients with access to multidisciplinary evaluations in particular subsites.1 It will be valuable to see if we also find this site-specific advantage in our own MDC population. Again, we thank the writers for their supportive response and for their efforts to optimize complex cancer care.