Head and neck survival rates can vary considerably among patients, mainly because every individual – and every cancer – is unique. We treat head and neck cancers using a multispecialty approach that is coordinated among surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and other experts who focus exclusively on treating cancers of the head and neck. In this way, we are able to ensure that our patients have the best possible prognosis and experience the best possible quality of life.
At Moffitt, our team often recommends surgical intervention, which can be very effective for addressing both early and locally advanced head and neck cancers, especially when combined with radiation therapy. The complete removal of a tumor in the head and neck area can be challenging due to the close proximity of critical structures, such as the eyes, mouth and larynx. However, as a high-volume surgery center, Moffitt sees many patients with these complex conditions, and as a result, we have some of the best and most experienced head and neck surgeons in the nation.
Moffitt’s patients also have access to a variety of supportive care professionals who can provide invaluable assistance in improving both outcomes and quality of life during and after treatment. For instance, to help a patient achieve a better outcome than the current head and neck cancer survival rate suggests, we can:
- Discuss smoking cessation programs and other ways to help patients stop using tobacco products
- Offer strategies to help patients limit their consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Provide tips on how to protect against excess UV exposure
- Give advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene
- Identify potential occupational hazards, such as wood dust, and recommend ways to address them
At Moffitt, we’re winning the battle against head and neck cancer. If you’d like to learn more about the survival rate, we can help. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. No referrals are required.