Friday, April 9, 2010
9 am – 12 pm
Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants
3 CE Credits
Current Management of Oral/Head and Neck Tumors in Adults and Children
The practicing dentist and his staff are often the first to identify a benign or malignant tumor of the mouth, jaw, throat or face and such early diagnosis can lead to an improved outcome for their patient. New developments in imaging including CT, MRI and PET scanning offer a greater opportunity for accurate diagnosis and more specific treatment than existed in the past. Surgical resection is often much less radical and is frequently combined with postoperative chemo-radiotherapy. Modern reconstruction of oral and orofacial defects often involves microvascular free-flaps imported from other areas of the body to restore structural and esthetic elements of the jaws and face. Children pose a unique set of challenges for the ablative oncologic surgeon as well as for the reconstructive surgeon. It behooves the dentist and his staff to understand not only the diagnostic considerations involving these tumors but also the overall process of cancer evaluation and treatment to provide optimal dental care to their patients.
Dr. Eric Dierks is a graduate in both medicine and dentistry from the University of Louisville. His residency in oral-maxillofacial surgery was done at the Medical Center of Delaware, and his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery was completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Dierks practices in Portland as part of the Head and Neck Surgical Associates. He has lectured and performed surgery internationally and has published 96 papers and book chapters on topics related to his areas of surgical interest.