Head and Neck pathology is disruptive to a person’s life because it affects structures that are directly involved in essential daily activities including eating, speaking, and breathing. Additionally, the face is the first thing that we see when we look at someone.
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer or other pathology upsets almost every aspect of a person’s life. Patients are faced with the prospects of change to their appearance, and ability to communicate and consume their favorite meals and drinks.
Having to contemplate all these new realities leaves patients very little room and patience to deal with logistic questions and issues of cancer management. Appropriate cancer management requires the involvement of multiple specialty physicians and non-physician providers. Navigating the coordination of all these moving parts may be challenging and take time.
With this in mind, AQ Surgery created a team of caring individuals who dedicate themselves to making the journey as simple and efficient as possible so that our patients can dedicate all their energy to fighting their disease. Our highly trained surgeon team is equipped with the knowledge and skill to allow for the best possible outcome in any given situation, because treating cancer in a timely fashion has a direct correlation to improved outcomes.
Head and neck cancer often involves multiple structures and functions, including the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, salivary glands, and neck lymph nodes. A multidisciplinary tumor board brings together experts from various specialties such as surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology, radiology, and dentistry. This allows for a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's condition, taking into account various perspectives and specialties.
Different patients may require different treatment approaches based on the location, stage, and characteristics of the tumor. The tumor board facilitates collaborative decision-making to develop a personalized and tailored treatment plan for each patient. This may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or a combination of these modalities.
Head and neck cancer treatment can have significant functional and aesthetic implications, affecting speech, swallowing, breathing, and appearance. The expertise of multiple specialists helps optimize treatment strategies to minimize these side effects while maximizing the chances of a successful outcome. For instance, the involvement of speech therapists, dietitians, and rehabilitation specialists can be crucial in maintaining or restoring quality of life.
Regular follow-up and surveillance are essential for detecting any signs of cancer recurrence or complications early on. The multidisciplinary team can collaboratively assess imaging studies, pathology reports, and clinical findings to identify and address any issues promptly, improving the chances of successful intervention
A tumor board provides a platform for continuous education and discussion among healthcare professionals. This collaborative environment fosters ongoing learning, sharing of experiences, and the integration of the latest research findings into clinical practice, ultimately benefiting patient care