Cancers We Treat

Treating Head & Neck Cancer

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Caring for the whole person

Head & Neck Cancer Treatment

Having cancer is a life-changing experience for each individual patient, and their family and friends.

As part of our approach, patients receive care based on the same processes and practice standards provided at MD Anderson Cancer Center and benefit from integration with MD Anderson clinicians and researchers.

You and your team of specialists work together to choose a cancer treatment plan for you, based on your overall health, the type of cancer, and your own preferences.

Together, we’re leading the local fight against cancer.

Creating Your Treatment Plan

We’re ready to assist you through your healing. To find out more about what your personal treatment may entail, connect with us.

Head & Neck Cancer

Common Treatments

At Baptist MD Anderson, we’re ready to fight for you every step of the way. Based on your diagnosis, your team of doctors, nurses and specialists will work with you to explore treatment options and create a plan that meets your needs. You will also have a nurse navigator, who has specialized training in caring for patients with head and neck cancer, to answer your questions and help you coordinate your appointments.

Your personalized treatment recommendations will be based on:

  • The type, subtype and stage of your cancer
  • Your health history
  • Your personal goals

One or more of the following therapies may be recommended to treat your cancer or help relieve symptoms.

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Explore your options

Clinical Trials at Baptist MD Anderson

At Baptist MD Anderson, we offer clinical trial studies for emerging and innovative therapies for head and neck cancers. Through a collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Network, one of the world’s largest and most respected cancer centers in America, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center patients benefit from access to cutting edge treatments, new technologies and clinical trials shaping the future of cancer care.

We offer select clinical trials with MD Anderson, as well as multiple unique clinical trials from leading pharmaceutical companies, the National Cancer Institute, National Clinical Trials Network, private sector companies and individual physician investigators.

Our clinical trials
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A complete approach to care

Your Multidisciplinary Team

Our patients benefit from an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach. That means your team is made up of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists who together to work on your specific case.

As part of your treatment, you are also assigned a nurse navigator. Our nurses have specialized training in caring for patients with head and neck cancers. Your nurse navigator will be there to answer your questions and help you coordinate your appointments.

Our care team
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Our location

Head & Neck Cancer Clinic

Within our specialized clinics, we bring together our team of experts to care for you - mind, body and spirit - all under one roof. Each of our clinics are singularly focused on your specific needs and treatment.

Need Directions? The head and neck clinic is located in the main Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center on Floor 6 of our cancer center.

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What to expect at

Your First Appointment

As a patient of Baptist MD Anderson, you will meet with your physician. Your oncologist will help you understand your diagnosis and develop your individualized care plan in collaboration with other specialists and experts.

When you arrive, one of our staff members will take your height, weight and vital signs. You may be asked to do some lab work before your visit. One of our providers will review your medical history, any recent side-effects you may have experienced and any medications you are currently taking.

Prepare for your appointment

For whatever step is next,

Baptist MD Anderson is Here for You

Our team of experts are ready to help you navigate the whirlwind of emotions, options and decisions through every aspect of your care.

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Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. Determining the best treatment can be very complicated. Our multidisciplinary team will work with you to determine the best therapy and provide all the supportive services available to get you through your treatment.

— RUSSELL SMITH, MD, FACS, Head & Neck Surgical Oncologist

A headshot of Dr. Smith.

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. Determining the best treatment can be very complicated. Our multidisciplinary team will work with you to determine the best therapy and provide all the supportive services available to get you through your treatment.

— RUSSELL SMITH, MD, FACS, Head & Neck Surgical Oncologist