Joseph J. Disa, MD, FACS | Authors

Plastic Surgery: A Component in the Comprehensive Care of Cancer Patients

December 01, 2002

Part of the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care involves surgical intervention. This is harmoniously interwoven through the efforts of the surgical oncologist and the reconstructive surgeon. As elegantly pointed out by Drs. Hasen, Few, and Fine, the reconstructive surgeon’s role in the management of malignancy is critical, involving the restoration of form and function. Sometimes, as in breast reconstruction, quality of life is improved by the restoration of form; other times, as in head and neck reconstruction, it is improved by the restoration of form and function. In fact, due to the significant morbidity associated with major ablation of head and neck cancer, such radical surgery would not be feasible without concomitant reconstruction.