Journal of Otology & RhinologyISSN: 2324-8785

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Editorial, J Otol Rhinol Vol: 1 Issue: 1

The Changing Role of Surgery in Contemporary Head and Neck Oncology

Jonas T. Johnson*
Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
Corresponding author : Jonas T. Johnson
Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: June 11, 2012 Accepted: June 12, 2012 Published: June 14, 2012
Citation: Johnson TJ (2012) The Changing Role of Surgery in Contemporary Head and Neck Oncology. J Otol Rhinol 1:1 doi:10.4172/2324-8785.1000e101

Abstract

The Changing Role of Surgery in Contemporary Head and Neck Oncology

Surgery has been considered the historic mainstay of therapy for patients with advanced squamous cancer of the head and neck. This approach has been modified with the recognition that combining chemotherapy with irradiation therapy is effective in controlling cancer in some patients with advanced disease. The enthusiasm for nonoperative intervention with CRT has resulted in worldwide recognition of the fact that treatment-related toxicity associated with chemoradiation can be severe in over 40% of patients.

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