AHNS Series: Do you know your guidelines? Guideline recommendations for head and neck cancer of unknown primary site
Eskander A, Ghanem T, and Agrawal A. AHNS Series: Do you know your guidelines? Guideline recommendations for head and neck cancer of unknown primary site Head Neck 2018 Mar;40(3):614-621.
Head & neck
This article reviews the clinical practice guidelines for head and neck oncology focusing on the management of head and neck cancers of unknown primary (CUP). The primary purpose of this series is to raise awareness of the current guidelines in head and neck oncology by reviewing the recommendations and the evidence supporting such recommendations, particularly those published by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). We review the importance of a thorough history and physical examination, the impact of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) eighth edition changes and the importance of immunohistochemistry, the timing and type of imaging, the role of panendoscopy and tonsillectomy (palatine and lingual), and the role of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy in the primary management of these tumors.