Sentara Martha Jefferson Cancer Care Center offers a multi-disciplinary team—including head and neck cancer surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and diagnostic radiologists—all dedicated to the care of patients with head and neck cancer. Treatment for head and neck cancers often involves two or three modalities, with frequent communication required between care providers and constant surveillance to help patients navigate the often difficult and debilitating side effects.
Nurses and a social worker are key members of the treatment team. We have a nurse navigator to help ease the treatment process for our head and neck cancer patients. Other critical support services include individual nutrition counseling, swallowing and speech therapy, lymphedema therapy and smoking-cessation classes.