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Physicians at the Center for Head and Neck Cancers have among the longest experience and deepest expertise in the United States in treating these rare cancers. We routinely manage significant volumes of head and neck cancer sub-types that other centers may see only once or twice a year.
Our medical and radiation oncology specialists collaborate with imaging and surgical experts at the internationally respected Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) to provide comprehensive care for every patient. We are among the busiest centers in the nation and one of only a handful to offer proton therapy and a high volume of free-flap tissue transfer operations. We also offer specialized diagnostic services, including unique testing of certain patients' tumors to allow for individual risk assessment and personalization of head and neck cancer treatment.
Precise diagnosis, tumor characterization and staging (determining whether the cancer has spread) are the basis for designing the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
A complete diagnostic workup includes a careful physical examination of the head and neck, including examination of the throat and voice box with a fiber-optic laryngoscope.
Our team of pathologists sub-specializes in head and neck cancers and uses conventional and molecular analysis techniques to establish the correct diagnosis and identify biologic markers to guide therapy.
We collaborate with MEEI radiologists who have special expertise in head and neck cancers and offer sophisticated imaging technologies to provide the most precise diagnostic and staging information. Advanced imaging technologies include:
Medical oncologists incorporate conventional therapies, investigational drugs, and targeted agents into treatment strategies customized to provide the most successful outcome for each patient. We have a special focus on incorporating targeted agents into concurrent chemo-radiation treatment approaches in order to maximize cure rates and minimize side effects of treatment for advanced head and neck cancers.
We collaborate with Head and Neck surgeons from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to provide cutting-edge surgical care for head and neck cancers, maximizing cancer control while preserving function and appearance. Innovative surgical techniques include:
Our radiation oncologists offer a range of therapies designed to shrink or destroy tumors while protecting normal tissue. Advanced technologies include:
Learn more about radiation therapy.
Our active research program includes both basic science and translational research initiatives. These ongoing efforts are designed to connect our basic science advances with therapeutic interventions, as well as to:
Depending on the stage and other characteristics of your cancer, the treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of these therapies. Your treatment team is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of head and neck cancer specialists with expertise in providing state-of-the-art care in the rapidly evolving area of head and neck cancer management. The team also incorporates specialty rehabilitative services to provide the finest in complete patient care. Your team may include:
Members of your care team meet regularly with you and your referring physician to ensure clear communication and seamless coordination of care.
Our multidisciplinary team of head and neck cancer specialists treat patients with tumors of the:
Our clinical trials portfolio focuses on developing more effective treatments and limiting the complications of therapy on speech and swallowing and improving quality of life.
Phone: (617) 726-5130
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