Salvage Surgery in Head and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer

Oral Dis. 2020 Aug 1. doi: 10.1111/odi.13582. Online ahead of print.


Salvage surgery after failed organ preservation treatment offers challenges for both the patient and the surgeon. The outcome is often uncertain and even today, five year overall survival does not exceed 50 percent. 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.