Head & Neck Surgeons
The head & neck surgeon focuses on the complex surgical procedures required for treatment of tumors in the mouth, throat, sinuses, thyroid and other cancers of the head and neck. These surgeons work closely with the plastic & reconstructive surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and other team members to coordinate and optimize your treatment.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons
This surgeon specializes in advanced reconstruction techniques and microsurgery to restore appearance and function after cancer treatment. Our plastic & reconstructive surgeons will coordinate with your care team to plan for optimal healing and outcome.
Your medical oncologist is the physician who specializes in medical treatment approaches, such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy, for cancers of the head or neck. This physician evaluates which drugs or combination of drugs are best for you, determines how to deliver them safely and manages any side effects.
A radiation oncologist is a physician who specializes in radiotherapy approaches to fight cancer. For head and neck cancers, radiation therapy may be used before or after surgery and as a palliative treatment to relieve pain.
These physicians specialize in imaging procedures — computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) — to see inside the body, particularly the brain, spine, face, and neck and interpret the images to diagnose disease.
These physicians analyze the tissue samples from tumors, lymph nodes and other areas and perform laboratory tests to determine the type of cancer cells present and other information your team needs to plan the best treatment for you. At Roswell Park, your samples are analyzed by pathologists who focus specifically on the diagnosis of head and neck cancers.
An endocrinologist is a physician who specializes in treating hormone-producing tumors and related diseases of the thyroid, adrenal, parathyroid, pituitary and pancreas.
Dentists & Maxillofacial Prosthodontists
These providers offer specialized dental care to prevent and treat oral complications of cancer treatment and restore appearance and function, with prostheses if necessary.
Advanced Practice Providers
These medical professionals, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners work in all areas of the hospital and play important roles in the development and implementation of your treatment plan. They perform examinations, order tests, interpret data and prescribe medication.