Multidisciplinary Care of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient When a patient is diagnosed with head and neck cancer, there is a tremendous physical, social, and emotional burden placed on the patient and his or her family. The complex nature of the diagnostic and treatment-planning process, along with the intensity of this life-altering event, requires an integrated, multidisciplinary team ... Article
Article  |   March 2012
Multidisciplinary Care of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Barbara P. Messing
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Keri Ryniak
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jaclyn Shellenberger
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bethany Hieber
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Karen Ulmer
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dorothy Gold
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Karen Harrer
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Melissa Kim
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Lisa Valasek
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jessica Silinonte
    The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center, Johns Hopkins Voice Center at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Multidisciplinary Care of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2012, Vol. 22, 14-24. doi:10.1044/vvd22.1.14
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2012, Vol. 22, 14-24. doi:10.1044/vvd22.1.14

When a patient is diagnosed with head and neck cancer, there is a tremendous physical, social, and emotional burden placed on the patient and his or her family. The complex nature of the diagnostic and treatment-planning process, along with the intensity of this life-altering event, requires an integrated, multidisciplinary team approach. Clinicians representing the disciplines of surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, speech-language pathology, nursing, nutrition, social work, and other health professionals must work together to meet the entire spectrum of the patient's needs before, during, and after treatment. The purpose of this article is to share the integrated approach that enables the oncology team of professionals at our center to address the needs of our patients. We will present a clinical pathway that focuses on medical, functional, psychosocial, and nutritional requirements that ensure optimal outcomes.

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