Head and Neck Cancer – Mayo Clinic


All the things that we think of, give us
personality, individuality and life really reside in the head and neck. There
have actually been studies done looking at patients who get treated at centers
who do a high volume of head neck cases. Patients who go to physicians who do
this as a dedicated specialty tend to do better. We specialize in rare cancers so that they’re common for us. You come and see me, but instantly you see a whole team of people. Our multidisciplinary group, our
collaboration, I would say sets us apart from everybody else. And not to mention
the fact that we just have all of newest tools to do this. The surgical robot
allows you to get into tight spaces; what’s called minimally invasive surgery.
We have a very state-of-the-art proton unit able to deliver a very tight
radiation field and avoid normal structures. We’re probably one of the
most aggressive centers in looking at dose deescalation in terms of
radiation for patients with the HPV related oropharynx cancers. 90% of the
people with papillomavirus induced tumor are cured by treatment. They can do very
well with minimally invasive surgery and a decreased dose of targeted
radiotherapy and maybe targeted chemotherapy and still have a high cure
rate.

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