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June 1988

Review of Cancer of the Head and Neck

Arch Surg. 1988;123(6):785. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400300131034

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Present treatment options for head and neck cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, surgery plus irradiation, as well as any of the above plus chemotherapy. Due to a wealth of conflicting data and opinions, it is often difficult for an individual practitioner to determine which approach is best for a given patient. This book, which has 38 contributors, attempts to resolve some of that confusion. It is divided into two parts: general principles and clinical management. The first part briefly reviews the history of head and neck cancer treatment, epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, staging, dental care, and chemotherapy. Two excellent chapters on radiobiology and the principles of radiation therapy are also included and deserve separate comment. They provide as good an understanding of this subject as can be found outside a textbook devoted solely to radiation therapy. In the second part of the book, the clinical management of separate anatomic sites,

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