The head and neck cancer clinic at the Duke Cancer Institute brings together a multidisciplinary team of experienced cancer specialists and support staff to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for patients battling cancers of the mouth, salivary glands, nasal cavity, sinuses, throat, larynx, and neck lymph nodes.
Located within one of the world’s premier academic medical centers, the head and neck cancer clinic uses the vast resources of the Duke Cancer Institute to employ the most innovative treatments.
Duke’s head and neck physicians are internationally recognized experts in the field who make head and neck cancer care their primary career focus. Duke physician-researchers are at the forefront of developing innovations that are now the standard of care for treatment of head and neck cancer.
Specialists in the fields of surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, radiology, and pathology meet weekly to jointly examine each patient and map the most effective course of treatment for each individual.
As part of a leading academic medical center, the Duke Cancer Institute offers patients access to many clinical trials investigating new therapies for the treatment of head and neck cancers.
The goal of the program is to ensure that each patient receives state-of-the-art treatment while maintaining the highest quality of life at all times. This includes rehabilitation, such as physical and speech/swallow therapy and nutritional support.
Our program offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancers of the head and neck, starting with the most sophisticated diagnostic tools available.
Many head and neck cancers can effectively be treated with surgery. The surgeons at the Duke Cancer Institute are some of the best in the field.
Not all patients are candidates for surgery. For locally advanced head and neck cancer, radiation-based treatment may be used instead if it offers a chance for cure and while preserving functional abilities after treatment.
For decades our team of medical and radiation oncologists have been setting the standard of care for medical and radiation therapy for head and neck cancers.
At the Duke Cancer Institute, patients play an integral role in creating the treatment plan and deciding which options best fit their needs.
Our integrated team approach gives patients access to all the information they need to make informed, knowledgeable decisions.
The many support programs offered by the Duke Cancer Institute provide patients with additional opportunities to learn about their cancer, their treatment options, and find resources to help them cope with the challenges they may face throughout the treatment process.
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