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Department of Radiation Oncology
The Head & Neck Radiation Oncology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital has a longstanding tradition of excellence with national and international leadership. Our program, part of a collaborative effort between two major hospitals, is unique not only to Boston but also to the U.S. medical community. To provide outstanding and comprehensive care, we work with a multidisciplinary team that includes accomplished physicians from the Mass General Cancer Center and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
As members of this highly specialized team, our role is to integrate today's advanced radiation therapies into each patient's treatment plan, which often begins with surgery and may involve chemotherapy. We treat the complete range of head-and-neck cancers and other diseases, including:
In the 1970s, Mass General’s C.C. Wang, MD, a pioneer of head-and-neck radiation oncology, led groundbreaking studies that demonstrated how administering radiotherapy twice daily could improve outcomes in many patients. Today our physicians and scientists continue to develop and investigate new techniques and technologies used around the world to make treatment more effective and improve the quality of patients' lives.
Our team has been involved in breakthroughs such as:
We provide comprehensive clinical care excellence in managing the full spectrum of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. Due to the technological advancements within the department, we can offer the best radiotherapeutic treatment options that are tailored to an individual case. In addition, our patient care is in collaboration with multidisciplinary groups such as medical oncology and head and neck surgery. We have outstanding clinical resources within head and neck radiology, head and neck pathology, cancer psychology, pain and palliative services, speech and swallow specialists. There are numerous other patient-centric support services such as social work, massage therapy, acupuncture, support group, and nutrition consultations that complement our immediate radiation services and are directly accessible through our department.
Planning and administering radiation therapy for head-and-neck tumors is complicated due to the sensitive nature of the structures in this area (e.g. the spinal cord, cranial nerves, the eyes and blood vessels to and from the brain). Much of the anatomy is hidden beneath or among bone, nerves and tissue, and the patterns in which some tumors spread can be intricate. We treat these complex conditions regularly and have built a nationwide reputation for managing the most difficult cases.
Our staff of accomplished physicians includes:
We encourage you to ask us about any step in the treatment process. The answers to many frequently asked questions also appear in Your Guide to Radiation Therapy (PDF).
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Clark Center for Radiation Oncology
Vida E & Arthur L. Goldstein Lunder Building
Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center30 Fruit StreetBoston, MA 02114Phone: 617-726-0923 (Proton Inquiry Line: 617-724-1680)Fax: 617-726-6498Email: InformationRadOnc@partners.org
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