Head and Neck Cancer Treatment in Milwaukee, Wis.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), head and neck cancers account for 3 percent to 5 percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are more common in men and in people over age 50. The majority of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use.
As part of one of the top academic medical centers in the country, our nationally recognized experts deliver the best possible patient outcomes. Our surgeons are all fellowship-trained in their chosen specialties. And, we offer patients opportunities to participate in clinical trials not available anywhere else in the region.
Improving Quality of Life and Minimizing Long-Term Side Effects
The Clinical Cancer Center's hub model builds the entire care experience around patients. Dedicated program coordinators answer questions, address concerns, coordinate treatment and help you along in your journey.
When providing care for patients with head, neck and skull base cancers, we look beyond treating the cancer. We also focus on preserving each patient’s quality of life and minimizing long-term side effects. We see new patients as quickly as possible and begin planning treatment quickly as well.
Because head, neck and skull base cancers are uncommon, our expertise is all the more valuable. Many Medical College of Wisconsin physicians at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin specialize in head and neck cancer. That means patients will find expertise, relevant clinical research studies, new drugs and other cutting-edge therapies all aimed at specific head and neck cancers.
Evaluation of Head, Neck and Skull Base Cancers
Evaluation is key when treating head, neck and skull base cancers. An important first step is determining whether a tumor is cancerous or not and where it may have originated, because cancers of the head, neck and skull base may have spread from another part of the body. We also provide second opinions for patients who wish to confirm a diagnosis and/or learn more about available treatment options.
We take an evidence-based approach to treatment, keeping up with the medical literature, participating in significant clinical trials, and conducting our own research. We use the latest technology and approaches based on research evidence and proven results.
Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin otolaryngologist, reflects on intersection of life and medicine in his blog, Reflections in a Head Mirror.