For Cancer Patients
From the start, every head and neck cancer patient is offered a coordinated plan of care from diagnosis through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. Each patients' physical and emotional needs are addressed through programs and services with the primary goal of optimizing patient's quality of life by providing team intervention through:
Head and Neck Nursing
The head and neck nurse specialist provides patient education and teaching to patients to help them better understand the side effects of surgical and non-surgical cancer treatments. This clinical expertise extends to patients in any stage of care - from diagnosis through treatment, recovery and rehabilitation.
Oncology Social Work
Our oncology social work staff strives to assist patients, their families and caregivers by lending emotional support and practical problem-solving. Oncology social workers address patients' emotional and psychosocial needs, and provide information regarding the Center's support groups and other community resources. Discharge planning, counseling services, resource referral and support groups offer a time and place to positively impact the success of any treatment.
Speech Pathology Services
Speech pathologists are an integral part of the team during the initial evaluation process, throughout treatment and post treatment. Our speech pathologists provide a wide range of diagnostic and treatment services addressing speech, language, voice, cognition and swallowing to improve patients' quality of life. State-of-the-art technology and a healing outpatient environment complement clinical services to provide comprehensive rehabilitation.
Nutritional counseling and education serves to ensure that head and neck cancer patients have an ongoing plan to their nutritional needs. Following surgery or while undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatment, patients receive specialized nutrition education from a registered dietitian. Dietary intake is continually assessed to ensure each patient maintains a strong body that is supported during cancer treatment. Nutrition is optimized to manage side effects, and to support healing, recovery and return to a healthy diet.
A very important step in recovery and rehabilitation is a conscious recognition as well as execution of the constructive next steps. Our life coaching expert specializes in identifying mental and/or emotional blocks and fears that challenge pattients' progress toward complete recovery. Once these are addressed, our life coach works with patients to create a crystal clear vision of the ideal desired life, and then enable the fulfilment of that change with practical action steps. Our life coch works remotely with patients making it convenient and efficient. For more information please visit the Lifestyle Management Experts website.
Head and neck cancers encompass tumors in the nasal passages, mouth, throat, larynx, salivary glands, neck, skull base, upper esophagus, trachea and thyroid gland. Our staff is dedicated to the development and implementation of highly interactive head and neck clinical research trials targeting elucidation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer development, and surgical, medical oncology and radiation oncology-based treatment strategies to optimize functional outcomes.
Our team of researchers encompasses a wide range of disciplines including head and neck surgery, neuroscience and psychotherapy, medical oncology, radiation imaging and oncology, oral pathology and medicine, speech pathology, oncology nursing, oncology social work, and oncology dietitians. Our highly successful interdisciplinary program is focused on improving patients' quality of life through functional improvements and increased survival.
Our head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and oral pathologist have published extensively on a wide array of head and neck cancer treatment initiatives and state-of-the-art methodologies.
Over the years our staff has continued to stay in the forefront of cancer care, treating patients with innovative treatment approaches and expanding research initiatives.
Our research focuses on the following areas in head and neck cancer research clinical trials: