A Multidisciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancers

Friday, September 20, 2019
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Course sign-in opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the course.


Dean's Reception immediately following course


Course Overview

Although cancers of the head and neck region only account for five percent of all cancers reported yearly in the human body, 30 percent of these cancers occur in the oral cavity. That is roughly 22,000 new cases per year if cancers of the lip are not included. Between 6000 and 7000 deaths per year occur becauseof oral cavity cancer. Cancers of the oral cavity left untreated can have devastating effects on critical life functions for people who have this disease. The oral cavity cancer diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation is challenging because there are many different types of tissue located in this relatively small area and this area has numerous functions (speech, mastication, swallow, cosmesis).


The choice of treatment and rehabilitation must take into account the potential loss of function in this area. A well-coordinated multidisciplinary team is required to provide optimal cancer treatment outcomes and survivorship. The objective of this symposium will be to review all aspects of oral cavity cancer diagnosis, treatments and rehabilitation with presentations from all disciplines involved. Specific attention will be paid to the diagnostic difficulties of oral cavity lesions, cutting edge treatments of challenging cases and how to optimize the rehabilitation of these patients.



1.Review basics of head and neck cancer risk, diagnosis and treatment
2.Review multidisciplinary approach to head and neck cancer care
3.Specific attention will be given to oral cancers including oral cavity and oropharynx cancers
4.Review of the HPV cancer related epidemic
5.Define cancer survivorship for head and neck cancer patients and the importance of oral health
6.Review how head and neck cancer treatment can affect oral health





Steven Chang, M.D., F.A.C.S

& Members of the HFHS Cancer Team

Steven Chang is the Research Director of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute Head and Neck Cancer program, Medical Director for the Head and Neck Cancer program within the ENT Dept., and Chair of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute Quality and Finance Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Biology. He completed his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His otolaryngology-head and neck surgery training was at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Steven then went on to complete an advanced head and neck surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. He is currently at Henry Ford Health System as a surgeon scientist with joint appointments in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Department and Public Health Sciences Department.

Registration Policy

For your convenience you may register up until 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the course with no additional charge. An additional non-refundable fee of $20 dollars per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received after 3:00 p.m. the day prior to a course or to any same day or walk-in registrations.

If you choose to pay for a continuing education course by check, please note that the check must be received by Detroit Mercy within ten (10) days of registration. If the check is not received within ten (10) days of registration, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the course and will remove you from the course roster and you will forfeit your held seat. If you register less than ten (10) days prior to the start of a course, payment is expected at registration. If additional time is required, please contact 313-494-6626 prior to registering to make a payment arrangement.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Unless otherwise posted, a full refund less $25 will be granted if notification of cancellation is received by the Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education office two weeks (14 or more days) prior to the start of the course. If a cancellation is received less than two weeks (13 or less days) prior to the start of a hands-on course, no refund will be granted. Refunds cannot be given for same any day cancellations or no-shows.

About Us
The Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is committed to providing innovative and timely continuing dental education, which creates life-long learning opportunities for every oral health professional. All courses are taught by credentialed, expert, health-care professionals, each who provide informative, engaging and impressionable teachings.
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Course Fees

2008 - 2019 Detroit Mercy Dental Graduates: $25

Dentist/Physicans- $275; Allied Professionals - $185

Detroit Mercy Alumni: Dentist - $247.50; Allied Professionals- $166.50


Faculty/Student: $50

Course fees include a continental breakfast and lunch.



Dental Professionals: 6.5 CEUs (Lecture)
Medical Professionals: 6.25 CME Credits


PROGRAM INQUIRIES: Please contact Kimberly Raleigh by phone at 313.494-6694or via email at kimberly.raleigh@udmercy.edu

Henry Ford Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Henry Ford Health System designates this live course for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In compliance with the ACCME standards for commercial support, all individuals in a position to control/influence the content of this activity are required to disclose relevant financial interests of their own or spouse or partners with any commercial interests and/or non-FDA approved use of a drug or a device that is included in the presentation.

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring that our guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing have equal access to all the services provided at our facilities. We provide at no cost the appropriate auxiliary aids and services. To request an assistive listening device or service, please call 313-494-6694 or email


The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry designates this activity for 6.5 units of continuing education credits.

The University of Detroit Mercy is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 5/1/2015 to 4/30/2019. Provider ID #214176


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4001 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221

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