Advancing the Treatment of Odontogenic
UCLH Controversy Series 2017/8
Professor McGurk has pioneered a new way to treat odontogenic
tumours (ameloblastoma). These are tumours
of the jaw arising from teeth. Instead of
resecting part of the jaw these tumours can
be removed by a minimally invasive technique
which preserves the mandible
and maintains normal facial appearance.
Setting up a Sentinel Node Biopsy
The application of SNB
(Sentinel node biopsy) in head and neck cancer is only just being introduced
into the UK by Professor McGurk who has set up a national training program for
clinicians and surgical practitioners at University College London. (2017)
Professor McGurk's SNB test has resulted in a 70% drop in exploratory neck
dissections for early cancer detection and has been advocated by NICE (National Institute for
Advancing the Treatment of
symposium seeks to reconcile the controversies surrounding the
current treatments of jaw necrosis, particularly with regard to
bisphosphonates, dentistry and surgical techniques that are
Biopsy for Head & Neck Malignancy
Europe and the UK are
setting the pace on this subject and others around the world are
following our lead.
These procedures give an early detection
of cancer cells without requiring surgical intervention.
Having developed the SNB
tests at UCLH, Prof McGurk is hosting this London-based
symposium in April 2018 which seeks to develop a consensus on
techniques should be used as they are
introduced to clinical practice
throughout the world.