At the Center for Head and Neck Oncology, your care is provided by a multispecialty team of experts who coordinate services for each patient’s unique needs. Our specialists have more experience treating head and neck cancer than anywhere else in the region. In addition, they lead research efforts focused on creating ever more effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention options.
Head and Neck Surgery
Head and neck surgeons at the Center for Head and Neck Oncology have expertise in the treatment of:
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Skull base
- Head and neck melanoma
- Non-melanoma skin cancers
Our head and neck surgical team performs the most advanced techniques, including:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Endoscopic skull base surgery
- Microlaryngeal surgery
- Parathyroid surgery
These techniques help prevent damage to organs and surrounding tissue and are performed only at the nation’s most advanced cancer and surgical centers.
In addition, our patients have access to the most advanced reconstructive techniques. Tumor removal can result in significant functional and cosmetic defects in the head and neck region. In order to restore form and function to the surgical patient, collaboration with plastic and reconstructive surgeons is vital, and allows us to offer state-of the-art reconstruction after tumor removal surgery.
Endocrine surgeons at the Center for Head and Neck Oncology have expertise in the treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders, both malignant and benign. Using the latest techniques, our surgeons perform:
- Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery
- Ambulatory thyroid and parathyroid surgery
- Short-scar thyroid surgery
- Intraoperative nerve monitoring
Together with pathologists, radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians, our endocrine surgeons care for more thyroid patients than any other surgeons in New York.
Speech and Language Pathology
Speech and swallowing issues resulting from tumor or treatment are treated proactively by our team. All patients undergo an initial evaluation by our speech and language pathologists and are followed closely through treatment and post-treatment.
Rehabilitation is vital to a patient’s quality of life, and our specialists are trained to assist in the restoration of the functions that may be affected by head and neck cancer treatment, including eating and speaking. They work closely with our nutritionists to ensure that patients receive the necessary dietary support while undergoing treatment and aftercare.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry
One of the advantages of being part of a comprehensive health system is that we can assemble a critical team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons. prosthodontists and dentists. Our collaborative team has the skills to perform the complex oral reconstructions, rehabilitation and dental care that are required for many head and neck cancer patients. They work closely with our head and neck, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as our radiation oncologists, offering our patients the most sophisticated oral health support.
The Radiation Medicine facility at the Center for Head and Neck Oncology has been funded by the National Cancer Institute to pioneer radiotherapy techniques which “adapt” to changes in tumors and normal anatomy. Using advanced imaging and progress tracking techniques, our Radiation Medicine team members are spearheading the development of fully adaptive radiation treatment for head and neck cancer.
The Center for Head and Neck Oncology also is among the first in the country to formally study the use of highly focused stereotactic head and neck radiosurgery to intensify treatment to high-risk head and neck cancers of the oropharynx. This may improve chances for a cure, while preserving sensitive normal tissues surrounding the disease.
Radiation Medicine continues to develop the use of imaging techniques to guide radiation treatment placement and intensity. This biological image guidance of treatment, using methods such as vascular MRI (dynamic contrast enhanced and diffusion-weighted techniques), is critical in radiotherapy planning as it provides a customized response to the unique biology of each patient’s disease.
Our radiation oncologists also are helping to develop swallowing preservation strategies. Working closely with Speech Pathology, our doctors are able to test techniques that reduce radiation doses. By promoting clinical research in this area, we hope to ensure the best possible functional recovery of our patients receiving radiation.
Commonly referred to as chemotherapy and biologic therapy, Medical Oncology is a crucial element of care for many head and neck cancer patients. Our Medical Oncology team members are involved in the initial team evaluation of each patient, and the development and administration of the treatment plan for many patients.
Medical Oncology also is vital for the development of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Trials that we can offer to patients. We are one of the first centers in the nation to spearhead the development of risk-adjusted treatment intensity clinical trials, which tailors chemoradiotherapy treatment to match the risk profile of a patient’s tumor.
Choose the Best Head and Neck Cancer Care
No other center in the region offers the wide range of head and neck cancer care provided by the Center for Head and Neck Oncology. To learn more or to schedule your initial evaluation, please contact us today — we're ready to help:
Department of Otolaryngology: (718) 470-7550
Department of Radiation Medicine: (516/718) 470-7190
Division of Medical Oncology (516/718) 470-8930
General Information: (855) 688-2466