Head & Neck Disease Site Team at the JCC
All new patients are seen and assessed in our multi-disciplinary clinic prior to the development of any formal management of decisions. This clinic is held every Friday morning at the JCC between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.
It is important to note that your new patient appointment will last all morning. We encourage patients to bring family members to your appointments. As well, we ask that you bring with you all of your medications, including any vitamins or minerals that you are taking.
Our team is comprised of surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, advance practice nurse, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, dietitians and social workers.
Our Supportive Care Department is very important part of our team. Supportive Care is comprised of dietitians, social workers, psychiatry, pain and symptom management and our palliative care team. We draw on their expertise regularly to assist with patient care.
The choice of the most appropriate management for any patient with head and neck cancer is a decision unique to the individual's circumstances. There are many factors that need to be taken into account including:
- site, stage and type of cancer;
- the patient's general medical condition;
- specific contra-indications to any of the major treatment modalities; and
- individual patient's and family's wishes.
Treatments and Services for Head & Neck Cancers
Head and Neck Cancers can originate in several different sites within the head and neck area, but generally treatments are similar. Localized cancers are usually treated with either surgery or radiation.
Patients with more extensive disease, for example, those with larger tumours or those that have lymph node involvement are usually treated with a combination of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
A specific Head and Neck resource has been developed to provide information about resources available at the JCC Patient and Family Resource Centre and on the Internet. Books and Audiovisual Materials as well as websites that we recommend for our patients are available and are updated regularly.
Specific resources for patients will be provided in educational packages given during clinic appointments and during teaching sessions prior to treatments.
At the Juravinski Cancer Centre we work together to improve the standard of care through integration of clinical trials into clinical practice. We believe the more you know about clinical trials, the more informed your decision about whether to participate can be.
Clinical trials currently available to patients within the Head and Neck Disease Site are listed here. These trials include radiologic modalities as well as chemotherapeutic agents and may be used in active treatment or follow-up care.