Regional leaders in the specialty will join the traveling faculty for each scientific session to permit intellectual exchange and a balanced view with regional variances in current practices in the management of head and neck tumors. Each topic will include several vital and provocative issues for discussion. Multidisciplinary involvement will be emphasized, including the importance of adjuvant therapies and outcomes of therapy. We hope to generate healthy discussion and debate between touring and regional faculty who present the various issues and problems encountered in day-to-day clinical practice. Participation in the interactive sessions by host faculty and the attendees will be strongly encouraged.
Issues pertaining to diagnostic work-up, anatomic and functional imaging, biomarkers, and the role of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and rehabilitation, etc. will be covered where appropriate within the context of the selected topics. In addition, minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques will be covered. This program has been constructed to cover major topics in head and neck, including oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, salivary glands, thyroid, paranasal sinuses and skull base, metastatic cancer in the neck, head and neck reconstruction, cutaneous malignancies of the head and neck, and parapharyngeal space. While the emphasis of the entire course will be on cancer, issues related to benign tumors and diseases in the head and neck (including tumors of the salivary glands, thyroid, parapharyngeal space tumors and other related topics) will be prudently addressed.