Head and Neck Cancer Radiation Therapy

Patients with cancers of the head & neck are often treated with Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), and Volumetric-Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), which zero in on the tumor while protecting healthy tissue from radiation exposure. This targeted radiation is usually part of the treatment plan for patients with squamous cell carcinomas, the most common type of head & neck cancer.

At Roswell Park, treatment is delivered by board-certified radiation oncologists. The Radiation Medicine team also includes several PhD-trained, board-certified medical physicists who continually monitor safety and quality-control standards.

Special Assistance for Alcohol-Dependent Patients

Some patients with alcohol dependency develop a condition called delirium tremens, or DTs, when they drink heavily and then quit. DTs can cause uncontrolled shaking, seizures, heart palpitations and other symptoms that can interfere with treatment. Through Roswell Park’s Radiation Medicine Department, eligible patients who have DTs can receive medication to control symptoms during treatment.