International Head and Neck Conference

Head and Neck Cancer

Specimen Margin Tops Frozen Margin as Prognostic Marker in Oral Cancer Surgery

Intraoperative frozen margins from the tumor bed help to assess the prognosis of oral cancer, but the permanent specimen margin remains king, according to a retrospective cohort study reported at the...

Head and Neck Cancer

Testosterone Therapy May Be Cardioprotective in Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

The anabolic hormone testosterone may lessen the early adverse cardiovascular effects of chemotherapy and chemoradiation for advanced or recurrent cancer, according to a randomized controlled trial re...

Expert Point of View: Brian Burkey, MD, MEd

“This study pointed out what most head and neck/reconstructive surgeons know: Complex free flap reconstructions are associated with a relatively high readmission rate,” commented session co-moderator ...

Head and Neck Cancer

Predictors of Readmission in Patients Requiring Free Tissue Reconstruction for Head and Neck Cancer

Certain factors increase the risk of unplanned readmission in the month after head and neck cancer resection requiring free tissue reconstruction, finds an analysis of data from the National Surgical ...

Expert Point of View: M. Boyd Gillespie, MD, MSCR

“This study is actually surprising to me, because earlier studies of that particular antibody as a single therapy for this disease, salivary duct carcinoma, showed it was not very effective, with onl...

Head and Neck Cancer

Good Showing for Trastuzumab/Docetaxel Combination Against Salivary Gland Carcinoma

The combination of trastuzumab (Herceptin) and docetaxel seems to be highly active in patients with unresectable advanced HER2-positive salivary gland carcinoma of the ductal subtype, according to int...

Expert Point of View: Michael L. Hinni, MD

“Endoscopic transoral surgeons have used corticosteroids for years before, during, and after transoral operations to prevent presumptive airway edema and to reduce the risks of tracheostomy,” comment...

Head and Neck Cancer

Benefits Seen From Extending Steroids After Transoral Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancer

Patients undergoing transoral robotic surgery for head and neck cancer may experience improvements in some outcomes when given an extended course of corticosteroids, finds a randomized controlled tria...

Expert Point of View: William B. Armstrong, MD

“This work is intriguing and may have clinical potential,” commented session co-moderator William B. Armstrong, MD, Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and Chair, Department of...

Head and Neck Cancer

Nerve Stimulation During Oncologic Neck Dissection May Help to Preserve Shoulder Function

Electrical stimulation of the spinal accessory nerve during neck dissection for head and neck cancer may reduce the development of shoulder dysfunction, according to a double-blind randomized controll...

Head and Neck Cancer

Use of Lugol’s Iodine Stain May Reduce the Need for Repeat Resection of Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancers

By identifying residual dysplasia in the tumor bed, Lugol’s iodine staining may improve pathologic outcomes with resection of oral and oropharyngeal cancers, according to interim findings of a UK rand...

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