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Head and neck cancer

Peter Hoskin and Wendy Makin

in Oncology for Palliative Medicine

Second edition

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780192628114
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730115 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628114.003.0012
Head and neck cancer

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This chapter focuses on malignancy found in the head and neck regions. Head and neck cancers account for five per cent of those diagnosed in Western nations and cause 2,500 deaths in the United Kingdom. Head and neck cancers can be cured at the onset by radical local treatment, while in an advanced progressive stage they pose a great challenge in symptom management. The majority of head and neck tumours are squamous carcinomas arising from the changes in the epithelium of the aerodigestive tract. Lifestyle factors, such as smoking and drinking, and chronic trauma, such as ill-fitting dentures and broken teeth, contribute to their development. Discussed in this chapter is the pathology and patterns of spread of the squamous carcinoma and the management and treatment of head and neck cancers.

Keywords: head and neck; head cancers; neck cancers; squamous carcinomas; aerodigestive tract

Chapter.  5874 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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