Critical Issues in Head and Neck Oncology

Key concepts from the Fifth THNO Meeting

  • Jan B. Vermorken
  • Volker Budach
  • C. René Leemans
  • Jean-Pascal Machiels
  • Piero Nicolai
  • Brian O'Sullivan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Make Sense Campaign

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Head and Neck Cancer: A Changing Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Gemma Gatta, Laura Botta
      Pages 31-50
    3. Kevin J. Harrington
      Pages 51-66
  4. Diagnostic Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Philip Sloan
      Pages 69-76
    3. Sjoukje F. Oosting, Elisabeth G. E. de Vries, Max J. H. Witjes
      Pages 77-96
  5. Multidisciplinary Decision Making and Head and Neck Tumor Boards

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
  6. Locoregionally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Francesca Del Bon, Alberto Paderno, Alberto Schreiber, Nausica Montalto, Cesare Piazza, Piero Nicolai
      Pages 111-139
    3. Ross O. C. Elledge, Rokhsareh Elledge, Sat Parmar, Stefan Edmondson
      Pages 141-150
    4. Shao Hui Huang, Melvin L. K. Chua, Francesca Caparrotti, Brian O’Sullivan
      Pages 177-188
  7. Recurrent/Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer: How and When to Treat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. C. René Leemans
      Pages 205-208
    3. Shao Hui Huang, Nadeem Riaz, Nancy Lee, Brian O’Sullivan
      Pages 209-219
    4. Jean-Pascal Machiels, Sandra Schmitz
      Pages 221-231
    5. Petr Szturz, Jan B. Vermorken
      Pages 233-249
    6. Petr Szturz, Jan B. Vermorken
      Pages 251-261
  8. Quality of Life and End of Life Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Susanne Singer
      Pages 275-280
    3. Rodger Charlton
      Pages 287-296

About these proceedings


This book offers a selection of the critical current issues and challenges in head and neck cancer.  It covers most key concepts of the subject, from diagnostic challenges to multidisciplinary decision-making aspects in head and neck oncology. Starting with the Make Sense Campaign and examining its impact on clinical practice, readers also gain insight into current and novel therapeutic approaches, including radiotherapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy, as well as the importance of adequate supportive care. Surgical interventions such as endoscopic surgery, salvage surgery, dentistry and implants are also discussed. Moreover, the changing respective roles of the involved caregivers are highlighted and extensively discussed. The chapters are based on the latest data presented at the 5th Trends in Head and Neck Oncology Conference and reflect the most up-to-date information in the field.

Taking into account the ample current treatment options for patients with head and neck cancer and discussing side effects, survivorship issues and treatment in the elderly, this book provides and up-to-date coverage of all the critical topics in the field. Highlighting the increasing importance of decision-making in recurrent and metastatic head and neck cancer as well as quality of life and end of life issues, this reference book also emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach that plays such an important role in the outcome for this disease. 

Edited by a team of world leaders in Head and Neck Cancer this volume serves as an easy reference to the head and neck oncology practitioner and provides an up-to-date overview for specialists the field.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jan B. Vermorken
    • 1
  • Volker Budach
    • 2
  • C. René Leemans
    • 3
  • Jean-Pascal Machiels
    • 4
  • Piero Nicolai
    • 5
  • Brian O'Sullivan
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Medical OncologyAntwerp University HospitalEdegemBelgium
  2. 2.Departments for Radiation OncologyCharité University MedicineBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Department of OtolaryngologyVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Medical OncologyUniversité catholique de LouvainBrusselsBelgium
  5. 5.Department of OtorhinolarynologyUniversity of BresciaBresciaItaly
  6. 6.Princess Margaret HospitalTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42907-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42909-0
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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