Advances in microvascular surgery, which involves attaching blood vessels under a microscope, have led to dramatic improvements in reconstructing the oral cavity and oropharynx. These techniques mean that tissue from distant parts of the body, such as the intestine, arm muscle, abdominal muscle, or even lower leg bone can be used to replace parts of the mouth, throat, or jawbone. If you are a candidate for extensive surgery to treat oral cancer, your doctor can talk with you about the latest reconstructive surgery options before your treatment begins .
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Guidance on prescribing topical steroids reminds practitioners to prescribe the least strong steroid which is effective for the least possible length of time. A balance must be struck between efficacy and reducing adverse effects. Education is crucial to maximise efficacy and reduce adverse effects. Use of printed information may be helpful (including detail of how to use emollients and topical steroids) and education involving practice nurses to help improve efficacy of treatments and information for patients. Examples can be obtained from the British Association of Dermatologists and the National Eczema Society.