Patient Care

Head and Neck Surgery

Introduction of Department of Head and Neck Surgery

The Department of Head and Neck Surgery of Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, has been the leading domestic department in the field of head and neck surgery since 1964. The department has 72 beds in two wards. Every year, around 26, 000 out-patients and 2, 000 in-patients from all over the world are treated in this department. Over 1, 800 operations are performed annually. Here, 13 head and neck surgeons from the field of Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngological Surgery, Microvascular Surgery, are closely working together as a comprehensive team, including two chief consultants, six associate consultants. As a university hospital, department staffs are also responsible for teaching and professional training. Eight of the staff are supervisors for postgraduate programs.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The main task for our Department is to handle those benign or malignant neoplasms in head and neck region, which include thyroid neoplasms, salivary gland tumors, cancers of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, the lip and oral cavity, the nasopharynx, oropharynx and hypopharynx, the larynx, nasopharyngeal fibroangioma, skin cancer in the head and neck region, congenital neck masses, ocular tumors, etc.
We closely update diagnoses and treatment principles according to the international standards. The treatment plans are made in the consideration to reverse the progress of cancer as well as to improve the quality of life for cancer patients.
Transoral endoscopic CO2 laser surgery has been the alternative treatment for early-stage laryngeal cancer since 2005, which, unlike open surgery, maximally preserve laryngeal function, such as speech, swallowing.
Post-operative plastic and reconstructive surgery for head and neck defects have broadened the indications for head and neck malignancies, especially for those at advanced stage, for example, reconstruction of the tongue, floor of mouth, bucca, mandible and maxilla, cervical esophagus, larynx and thyroid cartilage, trachea, etc. Subsequently, the therapeutic outcome and the quality of life for cancer patients have been improved. Over 100 cases of free vascular tissue transfer are performed here annually with high successful rate.
Thyroid neoplams are treated following the international guideline. A standardized and reasonable diagnosis, together with a treatment protocol are generated for patients with thyroid neoplams, which prevent either over-treatment or insufficient therapy. In recent years, the minimum invasive technique has been applied to thyroidectomy. The endoscopic thyroidectomy gives another option for those with cosmetic concerns.
The department of Head and Neck Surgery owns the reputation as one of the first domestic departments performing the modified radical neck dissection and selective neck dissection following the international protocol, which have been at the leading place ever since.
Intralesional bleomycin injection has been utilized for head and neck vascular anomalies (hemangioma and lymphangioma), which shows a favorable therapeutic outcome.
The multidisciplinary approach, individualized combined modality therapy has been employed for advanced-stage head and neck malignancies, which enhances the therapeutic outcome and improves the quality of life for cancer patients. For example, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, targeted therapy, concurrent chemoradiotherapy, salvage surgery for nasopharyngeal carcinoma, combined craniofacial approach for the surgical management of maxillofacial malignancies, etc.

Guo Zhu-Ming
Department chair, chief consultant, postgraduate supervisor
Yang An-Kui
Vice-Chair of Ward 1, chief consultant, postgraduate supervisor,
Zhang Quan
Vice-Chair of Ward 2, associate chief consultant, postgraduate supervisor
Song Ming
Associate chief consultant, postgraduate supervisor, department secretary
Chen Wen-Kuan
Associate chief consultant, postgraduate supervisor
Liu Xue-Kui
Associate chief consultant, postgraduate supervisor
Liu Wei-Wei
Associate chief consultant, postgraduate supervisor
Li Hao
Associate chief consultant, postgraduate supervisor
Li Qiu-Li
Medical officer, specialist
Chen Yan-Feng
Medical officer, specialist
Chen Wei-Chao
Medical officer, specialist
Medical officer, specialist
Yang Zhong-Yuan


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