Salvage surgery in head and neck cancer

Stijn van Weert*, C. René Leemans

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Salvage surgery after failed organ preservation treatment offers challenges for both the patient and the surgeon. The outcome is often uncertain and even today, 5-year overall survival does not exceed 50 per cent. The chemoradiotherapy induced toxicity asks for meticulous discussion and planning in a multidisciplinary manner in a changing environment of increasing incidence of human papillomavirus induced oropharyngeal tumours, evolving surgical techniques and patient participation. Herein, we discuss the latest literature on salvage surgery and the need for identifying the proper prognosticators to ensure for an optimal treatment plan in potentially salvageable patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-124
Number of pages8
JournalOral Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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