New Treatments for Head and Neck Cancer
At a leading academic medical center like Wake Forest Baptist, you will find physicians dedicated to giving our patients the most advanced, effective treatments available today and improving the future of head and neck cancer care. We are involved in head and neck cancer research in the areas of tumor biology and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning of head and neck tumors, management of swallowing disorders, and regenerating salivary gland function.
Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Trials
We are actively involved in several clinical research studies to identify new, advanced methods for head and neck cancer prevention, treatment and symptom management. Our head and neck cancer patients may elect to participate in one of the clinical trials underway. This is a voluntary decision, and your physician will talk with you about the specifics of the study and benefits, so that you can decide if it is a good fit.
Head and Neck Cancer Research Highlights
We are on the forefront of research to uncover new treatments for head and neck cancer patients. Our goal is to translate these research findings into better care for you.
We are studying the impact of using lower radiation intensity during robotic surgery to treat cancers of the tongue.
Head and neck cancer surgeon Christopher A. Sullivan, MD has developed a minimally invasive procedure, called transgastric retrograde esophagoscopy with anterograde dilatation (TREAD), to restore swallowing function in head and neck cancer patients with hypopharyngeal and esophageal luminal stricture.
Restoring Salivary Grand Function
Head and neck cancer researchers at Wake Forest Baptist are exploring new methods to restore salivary gland function, which is often damaged during radiation therapy and chemotherapy. They are using stem cell regenerative therapy to restore salivary function in preclinical models of head and neck cancer treatment.
Treating Esophageal Stricture
Our head and neck cancer researchers have developed a drug-polymer stent technology that is designed to treat esophageal stricture, or narrowing of the esophagus that makes swallowing difficult. The stents prevent scar tissue formation, reducing the chance of esophageal problems.