Head and neck cancer (which includes cancers of the throat, thyroid, trachea and voice box), accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in the United States. Within a year, an estimated 63,030 people (46,290 men and 16,740 women) will develop head and neck cancer.
The good news is that when you choose the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Clinic at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, you are choosing the facility that offers the latest in surgical techniques, radiation therapy, drug therapies and clinical trials. We see the largest volume of head and neck cancer patients in the Western Kentucky region, which means we see more patients that may have a similar diagnosis to yours and have more specialized expertise because of it.
Our physicians use innovative technologies, such as the daVinci robot, image modulated radiation therapy, and personalized medicine to provide our patients with the best possible chance of a cure. We are the only site in Louisville and the Western Kentucky area that can offer Transoral Robotic Surgery, a minimally invasive approach.
When you enter treatment at UofL Brown Cancer Center, you will be provided with the highest level of clinical cancer care in the region, access to the latest cancer research, and the benefits of a team-focused, multidisciplinary approach, coordinated by a nurse navigator.
We mean that the clinical plan for each patient is:
Customized – you are not a case; you are a patient, and each individual’s care is tailored to the needs of the patient
Comprehensive – we consider the physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of each patient to ensure holistic care that provides the best care and outcomes possible
Coordinated – as your multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team, all the physicians and specialists who are providing your treatment meet for a team conference to synthesize their efforts
Each member of your clinical team meets together in one room to collaborate and bring the best knowledge to the table to discuss your diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment moving forward. This approach ensures that each and every patient receives the ideal combination of treatments and therapies.
In addition, you’ll meet with your highly trained multidisciplinary team of physicians, including a surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist, all on the same day and walk out with a treatment plan. Your team also includes a pathologist and may include a dental oncologist.
But because we know cancer treatment is not just about medical care, it’s about patients – your team will include a nurse navigator who coordinates all aspects of your care. It may also include speech pathologists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists, rehabilitation specialists and other appropriate medical professionals.
In addition, our specially trained oncology nurses will care for you before, during, and after treatment; help manage cancer trials; and educate you about what to expect when you go home from the hospital. They also communicate with your family members and other members of your support team to address their needs and concerns.