Since 1993 twelve successful AVL multidisciplinary symposia were held on the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of malignancies in the head and neck. Each audience constituted of a large number of highly interested (inter-)national specialists, actively participating in discussions. The forthcoming 13th symposium is focused on less common cancers: sinonasal and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Both cancer types are characterized by an atypical symptomatology with negative effects on timely diagnosis and treatment. Adequate diagnosis and treatment of these cancers is strongly dependent on a multidisciplinary approach with active participation of various medical specialties. This symposium brings pitfalls in the diagnostic process of primary sinonasal cancer, nasopharyngeal cancer, surgical (reconstructive) techniques and multimodality treatment to the attention of the participants. Case report discussions are included as well as how to implement the acquired knowledge.
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