Head and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer Support Services

New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

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: EMBRACE is a half-day survivorship symposium designed to assist patients and their families with physical, emotional, and practical issues that can arise during the cancer journey.
  • Integrative therapies: Therapies such as art therapy and expressive writing help improve well-being and quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
  • 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 resources. 
  • 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.