Head and Neck Cancer
Tobacco consumption, alcohol use, and prior exposure to asbestos are some of the common factors that lead to neck cancer. At Grado Clinics, we try to help patients overcome tobacco and alcohol consumption. Apart from providing appropriate cancer treatment, constant encouragement is given by our doctors to the patients and even their family members, who are encouraged to take active part in the patient’s quickest-possible recuperation.
While some cancers of the throat, mouth, voice box, nose and sinuses can be treated with limited surgery, irradiation treatment typically is the primary treatment (with or without chemotherapy, depending on other factors). Traditional irradiation courses, and even standard IMRT techniques, however, often cause severe side effects. These include significant loss of weight, and worsening of salivary production, taste, dental integrity, appetite and vocal quality. As the spatial accuracy of Tomotherapy dose delivery can often better protect the salivary glands, vocal apparatus and dentition even better than standard IMRT, we believe that both acute and long-term side effects will be reduced with this technique, without lessening the degree of treatment success.
At our Southwest Oncology Centers facilities, we endeavor to provide top class, head and neck cancer treatment to our patients, with highly trained doctors, the latest medical equipment, and a positive environment. We try to eliminate the disease completely with our effective radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgeries, and post-cancer counseling. Give us a chance and we would be happy to address your problems or apprehensions in the most sympathetic and professional manner. We love to see the smiling faces of our patients, and we work very hard to satisfy your expectations.
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2 Bibault JE et al. “Clinical Outcomes of Several IMRT Techniques for Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: A Propensity Score-Weighted Analysis. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys.” 2017 Nov 15;99(4):929-937.
3 Van Gestel D., et al. “RapidArc, SmartArc and TomoHD compared with classical step and shoot and sliding window intensity modulated radiotherapy in an oropharyngeal cancer treatment plan comparison.” Radiation Oncology 2013;8:37.
4 Chen et al. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma: improvement of the therapeutic ratio with helical tomotherapy vs. segmental multileaf collimator-based techniques. The British Journal of Radiology 2012;85:e537-543.
5 Bibault JE et al. “Clinical Outcomes of Several IMRT Techniques for Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: A Propensity Score-Weighted Analysis. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys.” 2017 Nov 15;99(4):929-937.