Head & Neck Cancer Surgery
Cancer Treatment at St. Vincent’s
The main goal in treating cancers of the head and neck is to target the cancerous cells with exact precision, while leaving as much of the surrounding healthy cells untouched, thus preserving a patient’s ability to speak and swallow in some of the more advanced cases. St. Vincent's healthcare experts are able to accomplish this through the use of our state-of-the art technologies such as:
Our Novalis Tx™ which is used for image-guided radiosurgery and offers patients fast, accurate non-surgical treatments for cancer and other conditions in the brain, head, neck and body.
- A PET/CT scanner not only helps physicians diagnose a problem, it also helps physicians predict the likely outcome of various treatment alternatives, pinpointing the best approach to treatment, as well as how best to monitor your progress.
- High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy and Intensity Modulate Radiation Therapy (IMRT) uses high doses of radiation pinpointed in a targeted area reducing the side effects
Our comprehensive care approach to treating patients addresses the medical, surgical and psychological needs of cancer patients and their families. From diagnosis to treatment to support and survivorship, our team, composed of physicians, surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, technicians, nurses and support staff, work collaboratively to determine individualized treatment options leading to the most optimal results for the patient.
Complex cancer cases are often reviewed at our Thyroid Tumor Board and our Head and Neck Tumor Board, attended by physicians and staff from different disciplines ensuring the most thorough assessment of these cases.
You will always be treated with compassion and with the philosophy of treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit – not just the cancer. Compassionate care is our mission.
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care is accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Criteria for accreditation include a relationship with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and a representative from the ACS is a member of our Hospital Committee on Cancer.
Click in for additional information about specific cancers listed by ACS, and call the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care's referral line: 1-877-231-SWIM (7946) for more informaton.
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