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Dr. Robert Ferris gives an overview on how cancers of the head, neck and throat have evolved and where surgery fits in organ preservation and personalizing therapy.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review oncologic outcomes for cancers of the oropharynx and larynx
  • Increase awareness of new surgical technologies for oropharynx and larynx cancers
  • Recognize the major non-oncologic endpoints of HPV-specific clinical trials

Reading Resources:

  1. Walvekar, R. R., Li, R. J., Gooding, W. E., Gibson, M. K., Heron, D., Johnson, J. T. and Ferris, R. L. (2008), Role of Surgery in Limited (T1-2, N0-1) Cancers of the Oropharynx. The Laryngoscope, 118: 2129–2134. doi: 10.1097/MLG.0b013e3181857950
  2. Caicedo-Granados E, Beswick DM, Christopoulos A, Cunningham DE, Razfar A, Ohr JP, Heron DE, Ferris RL. Oncologic and functional outcomes of partial laryngeal surgery for intermediate-stage laryngeal cancer. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States) [Internet]. 2013;148(2):235-42
  3. Forastiere, A.A., et al., Concurrent Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy for Organ Preservation in Advanced Laryngeal Cancer. New England Journal of Medicine, 2003. 349(22): p. 2091-2098


Dr. Ferris has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

All presenters disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above.  No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hour.

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Release Date: 1/2/2014 | Last Modified On: 4/25/2016 | Expires: 4/25/2017

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