Surgical management of head and neck cancer

Semin Oncol. 1988 Feb;15(1):20-8.


The management of advanced carcinoma of the head and neck excluding thyroid carcinoma requires a combination of operation and radiation therapy to give the patient the best chance of cure. It is not appropriate to try to extirpate advanced squamous cell carcinoma by operation alone. There is evidence that postoperative radiation therapy is more effective in local regional control at least in certain sites than preoperative radiation therapy and there is better patient acceptance of the treatment plan in which the radiation therapy is administered after the operation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / secondary
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / surgery
  • Ear Neoplasms / surgery
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Mouth Neoplasms / surgery
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Thyroid Neoplasms / surgery