The Otorhinolaryngology Service was one of the first Services installed at the time of the unit which later on originated the current “Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto”.
Since 1974, the Service has been progressively differentiated and updated in the treatment of oncological pathologies in the scope of the Otorhinolaryngology Speciality which, according to the competences entitled in the status of the Portuguese Medical Association and the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists), define this Speciality in the following terms: “Otorhinolaryngology is the Speciality which deals with functions, diseases and disorders, the external, middle and inner ear, the temporal bone and lateral skull base, the nose, paranasal sinuses, lacrimal glands and anterior skull base, the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, trachea, oesophagus, as well as the neck which includes thyroid and salivary glands including adjacent structures in the head and neck of children and adults. It also includes the study and treatment of diseases and disorders that affect the auditory, vestibular, olfactory and gustatory sense; and includes disorders of the cranial nerves; together with human communication in respect of speech, language and voice disorders. Other conditions diagnosed by the speciality of Otorhinolaryngology, when located in adjoining anatomic areas will be treated in close knowledge and cooperation of those related specialists.”
Today, the Service concentrates a relevant knowledge potential in the scope of diagnosis and treatment of oncological pathologies in these areas which, as a result of the work and differentiation of its physicians, have turned this unit into a national reference with international projection.
Although it is a small Service, where only four Specialist Physicians work (two with the degree of Doctorate), the Service cooperates in the pre- and post-graduate training, having training capacity in oncology in the Otorhinolaryngology Intern Complementary Internship.
Besides, it periodically establishes courses and other types of training actions in specific areas, and regularly publishes articles in national and international magazines.