The goal of the Queen’s Head & Neck Institute is to not only eliminate head and neck cancers, but to return people to their life before diagnosis. Queen’s reconstructive surgeons use the most advanced, ground-breaking surgical techniques to restore not only a person’s health, but their life as well, minimizing the potential disfigurement and functional effects of cancer surgeries of the head and neck.
Non-surgical options, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy, are available to patients depending on their treatment plan. For surgical options, Queen’s uses the da Vinci robotic surgery technology, which provides the most precise removal of tumors. The Queen’s Head & Neck Institute also treats other conditions, such as longstanding facial nerve paralysis and head and neck issues caused by tumors in other parts of the body.
The Queen’s Head & Neck Institute ensures that every patient has an individualized treatment plan for their particular situation and tumor. The team consists of two surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuroradiologists, dentists, pain and palliative specialists, a counselor and a social worker. In addition, there are inpatient and outpatient nurses on the team, as well as an exceptional rehabilitative team that includes speech pathologists, physical therapists and dietitians who specialize only in head and neck cancer treatment.
Traditionally, cancer is viewed in terms of what needs to be done to cure it. At the Queen’s Head & Neck Institute, rebuilding lives is also an essential part of treatment.