Head and Neck Cancer Team

Head and Neck Cancer Team

Modern cancer treatment requires the input of multiple types of cancer specialists for developing and applying the best treatment plan individualized for each patient. Diagnostic radiologists and pathologists provide essential information regarding the diagnosis of cancer, the extent of the cancer, and the individual characteristics of each cancer that help to determine the prognosis, the appropriate treatment, and patient’s potential reaction to the treatments. Surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists are the primary treating physicians, often working together to develop a combination of treatments that offer the best outcome for each individual patient. Other physicians specialize in caring for and managing the side effects of the treatment and the cancer that the patient might experience through pain management, physical fitness and rehabilitation, mental and spiritual well being, natural medicine, and nutrition.

At Swedish, we create a team of cancer physicians appropriate for each individual patient to optimize our patients’ treatment plan and provide the very best outcome possible. The team works together in coordinating the diagnostic procedures, reviewing the patient’s unique situation, prescribing and delivering the appropriate treatments, and following the patient post treatment. This team approach provides our patients with the opinion and expertise of the very best physicians.

CyberKnife Physicians

CyberKnife physicians are the radiation oncologists who are certified to use the CyberKnife to treat tumors.

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Head and Neck Surgeons

Head and neck surgeons are physicians who specialize in performing procedures and surgeries for diseases and conditions involving the entire head and neck region. Our Swedish head and neck surgeons are highly experienced in head and neck cancer surgeries and diagnosis.

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A physiatrist, or physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine, helps restore optimal function and quality of life to people who as a result of illness or injury have reduced ability to participate in everyday activity. An onco-physiatrist is a rehabilitation physician sub-specializing in cancer rehabilitation.

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The psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in the assessment and care of emotional and thinking problems that may arise with cancer, medications, side effects, pain and other stresses. Their practice focuses on cancer-related problems, especially those caused by or interfering with your care.

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Radiation Oncologists

Radiation oncologists are physicians who specialize in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer. In addition to a radiation oncologist, a radiation therapy team includes radiation-oncology nurses, who are specially trained in cancer and radiation treatment; dosimetrists, who specialize in planning exactly how the radiation will be directed at the area to be treated; radiation therapists, who will help prepare you for treatment and administer the radiation treatment; and radiation physicists, who make sure the process is done safely and accurately.

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Attend a free Cancer Class, Event, Support Group

Join the monthly meetings offering information, support and encouragement to newly diagnosed oral and head and neck cancer patients, survivors, family members.
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See the class schedule and register online or call 206-386-2502
See the support group schedule and information or call 206-386-3228



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