November 3, 1997
Media Contact: Karen Infeld
Phone: (410)955-1534

Physicians at Johns Hopkins have opened a comprehensive center for treating head and neck cancers, offering a full range of services from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation, emphasizing coordination and continuity of care. New patients will be seen within 48 hours of the referring physician's call.

The Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center, located on the 6th floor of the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, 601 N. Caroline St., is staffed by specialists in head and neck surgery and reconstructive surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, dentistry, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, thoracic surgery, radiology and pathology.

"Although a team of specialists may be assigned to each patient, one physician -- a team leader -- will direct all the care throughout the treatment and follow-up process," says David W. Eisele, M.D., center director and an associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. "The extensive experience and innovations of these specialists, combined with the resources of Johns Hopkins, ensure a state-of-the-art approach to treating the complex problems of patients with head and neck cancers."

To ensure the highest quality of life for patients, the Hopkins team offers:
* voice-sparing laryngeal surgery for some patients
* customized rehabilitation services, including speech and swallowing therapy
* specialized social workers to help the patient and family
* access to national clinical trials, offering the latest therapies for head and neck cancers

Approximately 70,000 patients in the United States are diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck each year. These cancers may arise in the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, salivary glands, nose and paranasal sinuses and thyroid gland.

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