Head and Neck Cancer Care in a Pandemic: Prioritizing Safe Care

Daniel G. Deschler, MD FACS

Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Senior Scientist
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Shaun A. Nguyen, MD

Professor, Director of Clinical Research
Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Babak Givi, MD

Associate Professor
Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
NYU Langone Health
New York, New York

Cherie-Ann O. Nathan, MD FACS

Professor and Chair
Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport
Shreveport, Louisiana

Maie A. St. John, MD PhD FACS

Professor and Thomas A. Calcaterra Chair in Head and Neck Surgery
Co-director, UCLA Head and Neck Cancer Program
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Terry A. Day, MD

Professor, Vice Chair, Director
Division of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Christopher de Souza, MS DORL DNB FACS FRCS

Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Tata Memorial Hospital and Lilavati Hospital
Mumbai, India

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Head and Neck Cancer Care in a Pandemic: Prioritizing Safe Care is an up-to-the-moment, comprehensive reference for addressing the complex problems inherent in delivering optimal cancer treatment during a pandemic. Written during the crisis, a major motivation for its publication is the simple fact that delaying treatments for cancers is frequently not an option.

This outstanding volume is unique for its inclusive authorship: contributors represent the heads of renowned departments in leading institutions, residents, fellows, and medical students on the front lines of the pandemic. While providing vital and time-sensitive cancer patient care, the authors have documented lessons learned battling serious diseases and co-morbidities during the COVID-19 emergency.

In addition to an emphasis on the surgical issues of specific diseases, Head and Neck Cancer Care in a Pandemic looks at multidisciplinary patient management, education, social issues impact, and general considerations such as telemedicine and protective equipment.

The editors have arranged the text in six sections:

  • General Considerations
  • Patient Management Consideration
  • Subsite-Specific Considerations (Mucosal)
  • Subsite-Specific Considerations (Nonmucosal)
  • Education in the COVID-19 Era
  • Social Issues in the COVID-19 Era

Clinicians, investigators, and students will discover this rare achievement in medical textbooks is a valuable resource in the practice of oncologic care in the COVD-19 era.

Foreword by Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH, President of the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology and Professor and George L. Adams Chair for Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota Medical School
Section 1: General Considerations
Chapter 1. Epidemiology of COVID-19 and its Relation to Head and Neck Cancer Patients by Young Jae Byun, Daniel T. Lackland, Shaun A. Nguyen
Chapter 2. Health System Approaches to COVID-19 Patients and the Impact on Head and Neck Cancer Care by Michael Au, John Kim, Jonathan C. Irish
Chapter 3. Definitions of Protective Equipment and Venues and General Recommendations for Use by Brooke M. Su-Velez, Tom Maxim, Jennifer L. Long, Maie A. St. John, Michael A. Holliday
Chapter 4. Telemedicine and the Head and Neck Cancer Patient—How to Optimize Care by Priyanka D. Reddy, Flora Yan, Brian A. Moore, Cherie-Ann O. Nathan
Chapter 5. The Impact on COVID-19 Infection on Outcomes by Neil K. Mehta, Kristin A. Echanique, Maie A. St. John
Chapter 6. Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic by Albert Y. Han, Jessica E. Miller, Jennifer L. Long, David A. Rapkin, Charlene L. Williams, Roger Dafter, Dinesh K. Chhetri, Maie A. St. John, Travis L. Shiba
Chapter 7. Ethical Considerations in Prioritizing Pandemic-Era Cancer Care by Nithin S. Peddireddy, Catherine T. Haring, Andrew G. Shuman

Section 2: Patient Management Considerations
Chapter 8. Outpatient Procedures, Endoscopy, and Modifications during a Pandemic by Lindsey Moses, Babak Givi
Chapter 9. Alternative and Innovative Multidisciplinary Management Approaches to Head and Neck Cancer during a Pandemic by Seerat K. Poonia, Donald T. Weed, Ara A. Chalian
Chapter 10. Safety Recommendations for Evaluation and Surgery of the Head and Neck during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Janine M. Rotsides, Emily Kamen, Ameya Asarkar, Babak Givi
Chapter 11. Surgical Considerations for Tracheotomy during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Yew Song Cheng, Lindsey Moses, Babak Givi
Chapter 12. SARS-CoV-2 Testing: Methods and Timing for in Care of Patients by Priyanka D. Reddy, David M. Andrews, Donald T. Weed

Section 3: Subsite-Specific Considerations (Mucosal)
Chapter 13. Sinonasal and Nasopharyngeal: Mucosal Subsite Considerations by Michael T. Yim, Ehab Y. Hanna
Chapter 14. Oral Cavity: Mucosal Subsite Considerations by Joseph Zenga, Jennifer Gross, Sidharth V. Puram
Chapter 15. Oropharynx by Brent A. Chang, Ameya A. Asarkar, Cherie-Ann O. Nathan
Chapter 16. Larynx and Hypopharynx by Max Hennessy, Karen Choi, Neerav Goyal

Section 4: Subsite-Specific Considerations (Nonmucosal)
Chapter 17. Thyroid and Parathyroid Endocrine Surgery Care in the COVID Pandemic by Marika D. Russell, Amanda Silver Karcioglu, Dipti Kamani, Gregory W. Randolph
Chapter 18. Salivary Gland by Ramez Philips, David M. Cognetti
Chapter 19. Cutaneous Malignancy by Kevin Emerick
Chapter 20. Lymphoma: Nonmucosal Subsite Considerations by Vincent M. Desiato, Ernest Gomez, Thorsen W. Haugen, and Scharukh Jalisi
Chapter 21. Management of Nonmalignant Head and Neck Disease by Kristen A. Echanique, Shabnam Ghazizadeh, Rhorie P. R. Kerr, Keith Blackwell, Maie St. John, Vishad Nabili, Irene Kim

Section 5: Education in the COVID-19 Era
Chapter 22. Patient Education by Michael G. Moore, Carole Fakhry
Chapter 23. Medical Student, Resident, and Fellow Education by Jenny X. Chen, Alice Z. Maxfield, Regan W. Bergmark, Stacey Tutt Gray
Chapter 24. CME, Peer Education, and the Role of Professional Societies by Cecelia E. Schmalbach, Vivian F. Wu

Section 6: Social Issues in the COVID-19 Era
Chapter 25. Dying Differently During a Pandemic: Communication, Stigma, and Bereavement by Alyssa K. Ovaitt, Susan McCammon
Chapter 26. Impact on the Healthcare Workforce by Flora Yan, Brittny N. Tillman, Lenka Stankova, Andrew T. Day
Chapter 27. An International Perspective: Commentary from Front-Line Specialists in India During a Pandemic by Rosemarie de Souza, Erick Yuen, Christopher de Souza


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Book Details

382 pages
81 figures, 35 tables


7 in. x 10 in.


Otolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons, oncologists, ENTs, investigators, students

ISBN 9781607953067
eISBN 9781607959786