chapter  4
Staging of head and neck cancer
ByNicholas J. Roland
Pages 14

INTRODUCTION There are many aspects that affect the outcome of patients with a malignant head and neck tumour. These relate to the tumour (the anatomical site and the clinical and pathological extent of the disease), the host (age, general condition and any intercurrent disease of the patient) and management (treatment options, expertise available, patient preference). Concurrently, there are also many proposed systems that try to evaluate these factors and predict outcomes for an individual patient.