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Head and neck cancer treatment is complex and combined modality therapy is common. The involvement of an experienced multidisciplinary team (MDT) in the initial development and ongoing evaluation of the treatment plan, and the management of the sequelae associated with treatment is recommended. Patients should have appropriate access and care-pathways to supportive care services including inpatient, medical oncology and allied health care where appropriate.

Staging used in this protocol is based on the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual 7th edition. Newer guidelines, the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual 8th edition were implemented on January 1, 2018. Although the 8th edition provides additional prognostic information, at this time point it does not change management.

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05 Feb 2023