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.
Amber Watters, DDS, a dental oncologist with Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program and Clinic, has opened a clinical study of a device that could lessen the effects of trismus, even in patients years or decades out from their diagnosis and treatment.