Description & Objectives

Description & Objectives

Intended Audience

This conference is targeted towards health-care clinicians who treat patients suffering from skin cancers of the head and neck, including physicians, allied health professionals and residents in the Northwest Region. It is particularly relevant for the following specialties: otolaryngology, dermatology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Needs Statement

Skin Cancer is the most common malignancy, affecting 1 in 5 Americans over their lifetime. Over 1,000,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. annually with the state of Washington among the highest rates. Management of common and high mortality cancers, especially of the head and neck, requires the coordination of many specialists across multiple disciplines to achieve the best outcome with the fewest amount of side effects. With new innovative treatments available for skin cancer treatment in different disciplines, many of which have drastically changed over the last few years, there is a need for these concepts to be conveyed to all specialties involved in skin cancer patient care. This will enable physicians to provide the most advanced treatments to their patients, which will result in better patient diagnosis, care and outcomes.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Summarize the newest treatments of head and neck melanoma and discuss surgical treatment for head and neck melanoma, including sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Recognize the unique biology of melanoma arising in the head and neck site, list current and near future systemic agents and select the best prescription for local and distant disease
  • Evaluate when topical therapies are appropriate for skin cancer treatment, summarize the various non-surgical/topical treatment modalities and assess the advantages and disadvantages of non-surgical treatment modalities for skin cancer
  • Describe the technique of Mohs surgery, discuss the indications for Mohs surgery and summarize high-risk features of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma
  • Identify patients who might benefit from smoothened inhibitor treatment, monitor disease response on smoothened inhibitor treatment and manage side effects of smoothened inhibitor use
  • Identify situations most appropriate to consider an alternative to surgical resection for skin cancer and describe patients for whom radiation oncology consultation after surgical resection is appropriate
  • Discuss the role of systemic therapy in both the adjuvant and palliative setting and describe the role of systemic therapy in the locally advanced setting
  • Review recent advances in merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) biology and therapy and outline ongoing efforts in MCC clinical and translational research
  • Review the anatomy and function of the oral sphincter, indicate the treatment considerations for lower lip carcinomas and identify the principles of lower lip reconstruction to restore form and function
  • Reconstruct nasal defects encountered after skin cancer removal and minimize complications associated with nasal reconstruction
  • Identify uses of various flaps (e.g. pedicled or free) for reconstruction of defects following extensive skin cancer surgery of the head and neck region and discuss effective communication tools to provide realistic reconstruction goals to patients facing extensive skin cancer surgeries of the head and neck
  • Review treatment options for head and neck skin cancers through complex case discussions with a panel of experts

Descriptions & Objectives
CME Credit
Registration Fees

Online registration is now closed.
Walk-in registration will be available at the conference.

Head and Neck Skin Cancer Brochure
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April 19, 2013
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7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Swedish/Cherry Hill
Swedish Education and
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