Team care in the management of head and neck tumors at the National Cancer Center Hospital involves a diverse range of medical staff whose main subject is the head and neck area. The staff include head and neck surgeons, radiotherapists, radiodiagnosticians, medical oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, dentists, and nurses. An important advantage of team care at our hospital is the psychological and palliative care provided by psycho-oncologists, clinical psychologists, and palliative physicians. In this paper we report on the status of team care at our hospital throughout the management of head and neck tumors and discuss several problems and difficulties that must still be resolved.
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