Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital’s Head and Neck Cancer Tumors and Surgery program includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and a head and neck surgeon who work together to develop an optimal treatment plan for each patient that will be most likely to preserve the patient’s long-term quality of life. This means that in addition to recommending a treatment most likely to result in a cure, they consider the option that will have the least effect on important functions and on appearance.

Treatment is complemented by multiple services that help support quality of life. These include speech and swallowing therapists to help patients regain lost function, dental experts to help preserve dental health and function, and nutritional therapists to ensure patients with swallowing challenges maintain a healthy weight.

At Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, the comprehensive, individualized treatment plan designed for each patient is based on sound scientific evidence. Our multidisciplinary tumor board discusses each individual case to determine the best combination of treatments for the patient.

While there are many head and neck cancer treatment options, it is important to consider the experience of the physicians treating your cancer.  Care at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital includes top head and neck cancer doctors. As national leaders in the treatment of head and neck cancer, our physicians carefully document the effect of treatment on each patient. This outcomes research enables them to determine the most effective and least toxic treatments. As a result, we have been able to dramatically reduce the side effects of treatment without compromising cure rates.

Our head and neck cancer specialists form a multidisciplinary team based on the patient’s needs. In addition to medical oncology and radiation oncology, your care team may also include members from speech pathology, radiology, pathology, patient care navigation, nutrition, and behavioral health.

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