The Head and Neck Cancer Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital provides total care for patients diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck. We offer dedicated attention, innovative and organ-sparing treatment options, and cutting-edge research, coupled with the recognized excellence of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. By carefully balancing treatment efficacy with quality-of-life, our collaborative approach to care personalizes treatment options for tumors affecting the neck, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), oral cavity (mouth), ear, sinuses, tonsils, and salivary glands, as well as cervical (neck) lymph nodes or neck structures. Our multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals focused on head and neck cancers includes: head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, nutritionists, a smoking cessation specialist, dentists, a physical/lymphedema therapist, advanced practice nurses, and social workers.
Given the effects of cancers of the head and neck region and their treatment on swallowing and speech, as well as appearance, a team approach is critical to attain the highest cure rates while maximizing post-treatment function. All physicians are board-certified and fellowship-trained. At Smilow Cancer Hospital, patients in Connecticut and beyond benefit from the expertise of a team approach to cancer care. The Head and Neck multidisciplinary team meets in a weekly Tumor Board Conference to review cases and offer patients the best treatment plans focused on providing the most comprehensive, effective, and personalized care possible. Optimal care plans are based on the most up-to-date research performed at Yale and elsewhere.