The focus of this text is the two-part approach that any physician treating head and neck cancer patients must follow: maximising the chance for a cure while maintaining a strong emphasis on quality of life. Coverage begins with reviews of the molecular biology and other basic science aspects of these cancers. The second section presents general principles of patient management, including:Physical examination.Diagnostic imaging.Head and neck pathology.Dental oncology.Maxillofacial prosthetics.Nutritional management of the patient with head and neck cancer.Head and neck oncological nursing.Reconstructive surgery.Quality of life and psychiatric issues.Rehabilitation of speech & voice.Swallowing functions after cancer therapy. The third (main) section offers detailed guidelines for surgical and non-surgical management of cancers at specific anatomic sites. The concluding section explores future directions in head and neck oncology, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, gene and biological therapy, ethical considerations, outcomes research, and cost analysis.Over 1600 illustrations complement the text, and the book also integrates a focus on technique into each site specific chapter.This is the only multidisciplinary, comprehensive textbook to head and neck cancer management, and the only source for a fair and balanced approach to clinical practice.- The book guides the reader through all treatment options (not just those in one discipline), the contributing authors are the world's experts in the field who represent the state of the art, and treatment algorithms plus detailed discussion of the techniques of radiation therapy and surgery are given to provide practical knowledge for all those practicing head and neck oncology.