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The Head and Neck Oncology Program is dedicated to treating patients with head and neck cancers. Our team of specialists will work with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your type of cancer, as well as to your lifestyle and personal needs, to achieve the best possible outcome.
The Head and Neck Oncology program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center is dedicated exclusively to treating patients with head and neck cancers, which include cancers of the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth.
The treatment of head and neck cancer is fairly complex. Vital functions such as breathing, speech, and swallowing can be affected by both the cancer and its treatment. Caring for patients with head and neck cancers requires significant expertise, given the complexity of the structures involved. However, treatments are constantly evolving, and cure rates are improving.
Our specialists evaluate and treat all types and stages of cancer, from early lesions to the rarest and most challenging cases. We also specialize in the treatment of all forms and stages of salivary gland and thyroid cancer.
As a patient, your care team will include highly experienced clinicians from numerous specialties. Depending on your treatment, your team may include experts in head and neck surgery, medical and radiation oncology, dentistry, oral surgery, reconstructive surgery, nutrition services, social work, and speech, voice, and swallowing therapy.
The providers in our treatment center are also involved in head and neck cancer research. They conduct basic science investigations to gain a deeper understanding of the epidemiology and biology of these cancers, and clinical research to develop promising new treatments for patients.
Robert Haddad, MDDr. Haddad talks about his work as clinical director of the Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, highlighting our team approach to patient-centered care.
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