Head & Neck Cancers
Head and neck cancers present a unique set of challenges because of their complex location and their potential impact on important functions such as speech and swallowing. The head and neck cancer specialists at Maimonides have the expertise, skills and services to meet these challenges. We use the most innovative and minimally invasive techniques available in to give our patients the best chance for a cure, while preserving their quality of life and maintaining function.
Diagnosing Head & Neck Cancers
A thorough head and neck exam using endoscopy is the first diagnostic step. Following the exam, one or more imaging studies may be performed. Our highly qualified imaging specialists use the most advanced technology available to pinpoint the precise location of the tumor, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, computed tomography (CT) scans, and positron emission Tomography (PET) scans. For a potential thyroid cancer, a thyroid ultrasound may be performed. To confirm a tumor, our physicians will perform a biopsy, after which the pathology team will provide expert review and diagnosis of the specimen to determine if it’s malignant or benign.
Treating Head & Neck Cancers
Treatment plans for head and neck tumors can involve surgery, radiation therapy, systemic therapy such as chemotherapy – or any combination of the three. The Maimonides Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary team provides the most up-to-date treatment approaches for all of these therapies, and our specialists all work closely together to develop a unified treatment plan that incorporates the best thinking of the entire team. Because of the complexity of head and neck cancers and their impact on a patient’s quality of life, our experts are committed to emphasizing the most organ-preserving approaches that also offer the best outcomes for a cure.