The American Academy of Otolaryngology is continuing to provide new materials that can be accessed online, or downloaded and read or printed at your lesure.
Staging is the language essential to the proper and successful management of head and neck cancer patients. It is the core of diagnosis, treatment planning, application of therapeutics from multiple disciplines, recovery, follow-up, and scientific investigation. Staging must be consistent, efficient, accurate, and reproducible. The head and neck cancer caregiver can never be too fluent in this mode of communication, as we educate patients and navigate them toward cure. The simple clarification that Stage IV disease is not synonymous with a “death sentence” has powerful impact for patients and their families.
Primary Care Otolaryngology, 3rd Edition
A concise, yet informative handbook on otolaryngology for medical students and allied health professionals. Reviewed and edited by AAO-HNSF education faculty, this e-book is designed to teach the basics of otolaryngology.
Resident physicians in the otolaryngology-head and neck specialty are often the first responders to an emergency department for the evaluation of trauma patients with face, head, and neck injuries. Thus the Foundation has developed this manual for resident physicians on the urgent and emergent care of traumatic injuries to the face, head, and neck.
My Voice: A Physician's Personal Experience With Throat Cancer
The book captures three years of the author's life following a diagnosis of throat cancer and tells the story of how he faces and deals with medical and surgical treatments and adjusts to life afterwards. As a physician with lifelong experience in caring for patients, the author shares his insights and perspective on these events as he undergoes the effects of a severe illness through the eyes of a patient.
He endures the consequences of radiation, surgeries, and prolonged hospitalizations. He confronts medical errors, discrimination following loss of his vocal cords, and struggles to regain his ability to speak again and find new meaning to his life. The author shares his anxieties, frustrations, failures, and ultimate adjustment to life with continuous uncertainty about the future.
Through the author's insights, health care professionals may become more aware of what their patients actually experience, and patients who face similar hardships may find out how to cope with them.
Author: Itzhak Brook, MD
Dr. Brook delivered the John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics at the opening ceremony of the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Washington DC on September 9, 2012.