Health Watch - Fighting Cancer: Head and Neck Cancer

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about victories in the fight against cancer. One key element in preparing for a battle is putting together the right forces, and that holds true for fighting cancer, as well.

Fighting cancers of the head and neck is particularly challenging because the tumors are so close to sensitive areas such as the brain and eyes, and attacking the tumor could involve risk of brain damage, blindness or hearing loss.

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center take a team approach to these cancers, bringing together head and neck surgeons, many different kinds of neurologists and oncologists, pathologists and radiologists. Dr. Sam Barnett, the neurosurgeon who co-heads the program, says all these experts meet face-to-face to discuss the various facets of each case. They can collaborate on using multiple techniques to diagnose the cancer, perform minimally invasive surgery and provide follow-up care for better long-term outcomes.

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April 2010


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