Head and Neck Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer Support Services
Head and neck cancer can affect a patient’s quality of life, appearance, and self-esteem. It can also have a big impact on a patient’s loved ones. At the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, our support services for head and neck cancer focus on rehabilitation, survivorship, and psychology to help patients and their families through the cancer journey.
At UT Southwestern Medical Center, on-site speech pathologists who specialize in voice, speech, and swallowing therapy are key members of our team. We also partner with the UT Southwestern facial reanimation center, a world-class program that treats facial paralysis.
Additional support services include:
- Occupational therapy: Our team ensures that patients can
function and perform daily activities during and after their treatment.
- Physical therapy: Rehabilitation includes lymphedema
therapy and other therapies to help patients with head and neck cancer regain
their mobility, function, and quality of life.
- Dentistry support: UT Southwestern is one of the
few cancer centers with a team of dentists who understands the unique oral
health needs of patients with head and neck cancer.
- Cancer psychology: Our licensed clinical psychologists
are trained to help patients with cancer relieve the stress, sadness, and
nervousness associated with cancer and its treatments.
- EMBRACE Survivorship: Our series of 10 seminars addresses
important themes that can arise during the cancer journey, such as family
relationships, exercise, and fear of recurrence.
- Integrative therapies: Therapies such as art therapy and
expressive writing help improve well-being and quality of life during and after
- Oncology nutrition: Nutrition is an important part of
cancer treatment. Our dietitians help patients make informed food choices and
ensure that nutritional needs are being met during and after treatment.
- Oncology social work: Social workers trained to work with
patients who have cancer are available to assist with any challenges patients might
face during or after treatment.
- Spiritual support: Our chaplains provide interfaith
support for patients, their caregivers, and their family members.
- Support groups and classes: Meeting with others who have gone
through or are going through similar cancer journeys can be supportive and
therapeutic. Cancer support groups focus on compassion and access to
- Transitional care coordination: Coordinators are medical social
workers who are part of patients’ cancer care teams. They help patients
transition between care settings, such as from a hospital to home.