Cancers of the Head and Neck

Advances in Surgical Therapy, Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy

  • Charlotte Jacobs

Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Advances in surgical therapy

    1. Jonas T. Johnson, Eugene N. Myers
      Pages 11-20
    2. Robert M. Byers
      Pages 21-29
    3. Byron J. Bailey, Charles M. Stiernberg
      Pages 31-59
    4. Robert H. Ossoff, Robert F. Nemeroff
      Pages 61-70
  3. Advances in radiation therapy/radiology

    1. Don R. Goffinet
      Pages 93-105
    2. Keith E. Kortman, James T. Helsper, Wilson S. Wong, William G. Bradley
      Pages 107-142
  4. Advances in chemotherapy/biologic modifiers

    1. David E. Schuller
      Pages 155-166
    2. Reuben Lotan, Stimson P. Schantz, Waun Ki Hong
      Pages 177-191
  5. Other management problems

    1. Moody D. Wharam Jr., Harold M. Maurer
      Pages 223-243
    2. Samuel R. Fisher, Cameron A. Gillespie, Hilliard F. Seigler, Ian R. Crocker
      Pages 245-267
    3. Charlotte Jacobs
      Pages 269-284
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-294

About this book


Cancers of the head and neck are among the most morbid of cancers. Convention­ al surgery and/or radiation therapy have a high cure rate for patients with early stage disease. However, despite optimal treatment with surgery and radiotherapy, patients with nodal spread or extensive local disease have a low cure rate. Even if a cancer is cured, a patient is often left with long-term debilities from the treatment and/or cancer. The major causes for decreased survival in patients with advanced head and neck cancer include local recurrence, distant metastases, and second primaries. All of these need to be addressed if one is to improve upon the curability of advanced disease. There are several new techniques, surgical and radiotherapeutic, designed to improve local control. Brachytherapy, or interstitial implantation, delivers a high dose of localized radiation with minimal normal tissue injury. This technique as discussed by Goffinet, may be even more efficacious when combined with hyperthermia. New, creative methods of radiation therapy delivery, such as the use of multiple fractions per day, as discussed by Parsons and Million, are also contributing to long-term local control. Laser therapy, discussed by Ossoff and Nemeroff, provides another tool for treatment of local disease.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Charlotte Jacobs
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of OncologyStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9208-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2029-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0927-3042
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