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Head and Neck Oncology Program

The Head and Neck Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive care for patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck region. Head and neck cancers as a group encompass a wide variety of conditions that can affect any organ of the area from skin of the face to the oral cavity, salivary glands, nose and sinus cavities, larynx (voicebox), pharynx (throat) and esophagus. With such concentration of organs critical for such essential functions as appearance, voice and speech, swallowing and nutrition, smell and taste, cancers of the head and neck area present a unique challenge both for a patient and a cancer practitioner.

The multidisciplinary team of highly specialized experts is uniquely focused on the management of head and neck cancers. This team consists of fellowship-trained head and neck oncologic surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers. Our Program includes speech therapists, nutritionists, oncology nurses and physical and occupational therapists that assist patients at every step of the way from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation in order to achieve the best possible outcome.Studies consistently show that best head and neck cancer outcomes are achieved at high volume centers where expertise and experience in managing this challenging disease is available.

The Program offers the most advanced minimally invasive surgical and radiation techniques currently available including transoral robotic surgery (TORS), transoral laser microsurgery (TLM), endoscopic skull base surgery, microvascular free flap reconstruction and proton therapy. A multidisciplinary approach is paramount. Every patient’s case is reviewed by a team of experts who work together to develop a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan based upon the best available scientific evidence.

Patients of the  Head and Neck Oncology Program receive a personalized, approach to care and are evaluated for multimodality treatments including participation in clinical trials, some that are only available at NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Staff of this Program:

Matin Imanguli, MD, DDS, Chief, Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgical Oncologist and Reconstructive Surgeon
Sung Kim, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Malini Patel, MD, Medical Oncologist
Joseph Weiner, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Anupama Chundary, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Rahul R. Parikh, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Medical Director Proton Therapy Center
Richard Agag, MD, Reconstructive Surgeon
Jeremy Sinkin, MD, Reconstructive Surgeon
He Wang, MD, Head and Neck Pathologist
Lauren Solomon, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Leigh Carrico Mann, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Vicki Pitson, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Shaloo, Choudhary, OTR, CEAS, Occupational Therapist
Victoria Larkin, PT, Physical Therapist

 

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