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After a neck dissection how many weeks is suitable to be able to receive radiation and chemotherapy?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Several wks

With a complete radical neck dissection the jugular vein may be taken and compete dissection of the carotid artery performed.
Often the sternomastoid muscle is resected so that blood supply to the skin flaps can be compromised and one has to be sure that the skin flaps are completely viable. This can take from 6-8 wks before chemotherapy and RT employed.

In brief: Several wks

With a complete radical neck dissection the jugular vein may be taken and compete dissection of the carotid artery performed.
Often the sternomastoid muscle is resected so that blood supply to the skin flaps can be compromised and one has to be sure that the skin flaps are completely viable. This can take from 6-8 wks before chemotherapy and RT employed.
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