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Head and neck cancer, sometimes also called oral cancer, can present your treatment team with complicated tumor removal and treatment scenarios, especially if cancer has spread to lymph nodes in the neck.
Experience makes a big difference in head and neck cancer survivorship. At Baylor Plano, you will be in experienced, skilled hands. The surgeons on our medical staff take on the most complex referrals from all over Texas. In fact, these surgeons have trained other surgeons now working at major cancer centers.
While we treat more head and neck cancer patients than anyone in the metroplex, here you will find close personal attention to you and your needs. You are the most important patient we have right now.
We offer advanced treatments for head and neck cancer, including:
If the tumor is small, surgical removal may be enough. For large cancerous tumors, you may need radiation or chemotherapy. A surgeon on our medical staff may also remove lymph nodes from your neck if your tumor is cancerous. This procedure, called neck dissection, can help keep cancer from spreading.
The surgeons on the Baylor Plano medical staff also use advanced reconstructive capabilities to improve cosmetic appearance and help patients regain better use of the mouth, throat and neck.
Read this article to find out more about head and neck cancer treatment at Baylor Plano.
Surgery: What to Expect
Once you are scheduled for surgery at Baylor Plano, you will need to schedule pre-operative testing by calling 469-814-5500 between 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Learn more about what to expect before, during and after your surgery.
Immediately following surgery, communication between you and your health care team is essential. We are sensitive to this, and we provide a dry erase communication board for you to keep at your bedside. This communication board can help you express needs and concerns with words or pictures. It is yours to take home upon discharge.
If you are going home with a feeding tube, your treatment team will show you how to flush and care for your tube in the hospital. They will also provide you with step-by-step, illustrated instructions so that you can perform the steps with confidence at home.
Head and Neck Cancer Tumor board
A monthly meeting of our Head and Neck Cancer Tumor Board brings surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists together to discuss complex cases and recommend treatment. Having a dedicated head and neck tumor board reflects our commitment to taking a coordinated, team approach to your care.
Get a referral to an oncologic surgeon on the Baylor Plano medical staff from our online physician directory or by calling 1-800-4BAYLOR.
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