Resection and Reconstruction
Advanced recurrent cancers of the head and neck require prompt evaluation and treatment. A multidisciplinary approach that involves working with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neurosurgeons, thoracic surgeons and others to provide the most effective and safest treatment of these advanced tumors is employed. Removal of these tumors often requires cutting-edge techniques for reconstruction to restore the patient's appearance and important functions such as eating and speech. These advanced techniques may include microvascular reconstruction where tissue is moved from another part of the body to recreate important structures such as the tongue or throat and nerve reconstruction to restore function. Surgeons affiliated with the Center for Head and Neck Surgery have experience in the treatment of the most advanced cancers, with the goals of providing a cure as well as return to normal function.