Our compassionate, experienced team of nurses, social workers, physician extenders (nurse practitioner or physician assistant), therapists, and medical oncologists support you throughout every phase of your treatment.
We use surgery to diagnose and stage head and neck cancer. Depending on the stage of the cancer, we can also perform surgery to treat the cancer and remove the tumor. Surgery often offers a chance for a cure, especially when the cancer hasn’t spread to other tissues. We may use it alone or in combination with radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
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We offer a wide range of treatment options targeted to the type of cancer you have. Options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these therapies. We match a targeted treatment to the cancer type and stage for the best results. During treatment, our robust support services help you live the best quality of life.
Our experienced surgeons use the latest techniques and technologies. Their expertise ensures that you receive the highest quality of care with the best possible results. Our extensive surgical treatment options include:
AHN is the only radiation oncology network accredited in western Pennsylvania by the American College of Radiology. The accreditation means that we meet specific guidelines for patient safety, quality control, and efficiency of equipment. At the Cancer Institute, you are receiving the highest-quality care available.
Radiation therapy uses high dose X-rays to target tumor cells. Sometimes, the radiation beam can damage normal cells in the process. However, these healthy cells are better able to repair themselves, and most recover from radiation treatment.
Our skilled radiologists offer several cutting-edge and targeted treatment options, including:
Inhaling and exhaling causes organs, tissues, and the actual tumor to move. This technology – which will be in research phase in 2021 at the AHN Cancer Institute at Allegheny General Hospital – allows us to see images of a patient’s body as breaths are taken, so we can directly target the tumor with radiation. If a tumor moves out of the determined radiation area as a patient inhales the radiation automatically turns off. When the patient exhales and the tumor returns to its original position the high-energy beams resume.
This type of delivery limits healthy tissue and organs from being radiated while providing a powerful dose of radiation to the cancer.
You may need chemotherapy medications, depending on the type of cancer. Medical oncology may be the most effective treatment for metastatic cancer (when the cancer has spread to other organs) and recurrent cancer (when the cancer has come back after treatment).
We use the latest forms of chemotherapy and immunotherapy for precise and targeted treatment. Throughout your treatment, we monitor your wellness and determine the right amount of medication. This ongoing monitoring reduces side effects and maximizes the treatment’s effectiveness.
Treatment options include:
Speech therapy is an important aspect of head and neck cancer treatment. Our specially trained and compassionate speech therapists work with you during and after treatment. We help you achieve the best possible results for swallowing, eating, and speaking. Our Navigation Team guides you through the rehabilitation process, including assisting you in scheduling appointments.
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