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Head and Neck Oncology

, 3:54

First Online: 23 December 2011Received: 15 December 2011Accepted: 23 December 2011


There is a paucity of publications detailing how to deal with the difficult thyroid cancer. When compared to other cancers, it is relatively rare with several histopathological subtypes which run differing clinical courses and respond to different therapies. It is a condition predominately treated by specifically trained General and now ENT surgeons who already have a thorough knowledge of vocal fold assessment and rehabilitation as well as emergency airways management both to avoid and treat common complications should they occur.

Good surgery involves a team effort to produce good results consistently. All members of the team are essential to quality service delivery. Communication with the team and the patient is paramount. We describe our approach to the difficult thyroid.

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Author: Tahwinder Upile - Waseem Jerjes - Jaspal Mahil - Hitesh Tailor - Ramkishan Balakumar - Anuja Rao - Yassar Qureshi - Iain B


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