Many clinical trials are open only to patients with metastatic disease. One of the translational research goals of the Providence Head and Neck Cancer Program is to bring immunotherapy into treatment earlier.
Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Clinic offers world-class care for patients with benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity (mouth), tongue, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), nose, paranasal sinuses, salivary glands and thyroid gland, as well as tumors at the skull base. Our medical and surgical oncology teams work collaboratively to start patients on treatment regimens very quickly.
The complex procedure, known as a “Jaw in a Day,” has been performed in only a few highly specialized centers in the world. Smith’s procedure, performed in August at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, was the first on the West Coast.
Providence is adding oral/dental oncology facilities at Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent Medical Centers.
Providence Cancer Center researchers have initiated several important clinical trials to investigate the effectiveness of promising new immunotherapies to treat patients with head and neck cancers.
Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Clinics now serve patients at two locations: Providence Portland Medical Center and a newly opened clinic at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
Researchers at Providence Cancer Center received a $75,000 grant to study biomarkers that may help predict responses to immuntherapy and assist oncologists in making treatment-related decisions for patients with head and neck cancers.