Head and neck anatomy is the most complex anatomy in the body—and among the most vital. The structures in this part of the body control your ability to chew, swallow, breathe, smell, speak, see, and hear. Your face is the most visible part of your body. All of the nerves and blood vessels that go to and from the brain and the rest of the body travel through the neck.
There are few things more terrifying than being told that you may have cancer. And when this cancer arises within the head and neck, the potential effects on quality of life can be particularly worrisome. The effect it might have on eating, speaking, and breathing. Pain. The effect it can have on your appearance. What it might do to your loved ones. The prospect of dying. Because of this, some researchers have stated that head and neck cancer can be more emotionally traumatic than any other type of cancer.
And so can the treatment. Some of these cancers are best treated with radiation by a radiation oncologist. Some in the operating room by a head and neck surgeon. Some with chemotherapy drugs by a medical oncologist. Some require an oral surgeon or a prosthodontist. Some of these cancers need a combination of these treatments, either together or sequentially. So where should you go to be evaluated and treated? Which is the best specialist, and how do you know if he is taking your best interests into account? And how can you be sure that one specialist will communicate with another – and how long might it take to see all of these specialists if their offices are in different locations?
The Answer? CENTA's Head and Neck Tumor Clinic
CENTA provides world-class head and neck cancer care. And that care begins with your initial contact with us. Our multidisciplinary head and neck tumor clinic is the cornerstone of that process, and we hope to make that initial visit an informative and valuable one. We approach our cases in a team approach. We fully recognize that you are the captain of that team, and that we are here to serve you. And we will do our very best to provide that service in a way that gives you the best possible chance for cure and optimal quality of life. Please contact us if you have any questions or need to schedule a visit. Most prospective cancer patients will be seen within a week of first contact with us.