The Future of Treating Head and Neck Cancer

Hassan Arshad, MD, assistant professor of oncology, head and neck surgeon, Department of Head and Neck Surgery/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, discusses the future of treating head and neck cancer and the challenges behind treating the disease.

Hassan Arshad, MD, assistant professor of oncology, head and neck surgeon, Department of Head and Neck Surgery/Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, discusses the future of treating head and neck cancer and the challenges associated with the disease.

Clinical Pearls:

  • The only thing that has changed the prognosis of the disease significantly is the human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Although surgeries for head and neck cancer patients have gotten smaller, survival rates have essentially stayed the same in the past 20 years
  • Moving into the future, physicians are going to attempt to continue to make surgeries smaller and look into alternative ways of treating the disease without causing major functional side effects