You want more than head and neck cancer treatment. And we’re delivering for you.
At University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, our highly experienced physicians and staff are dedicated to taking care of you, not just your cancer. As part of a nationally recognized cancer center, our team focuses on every aspect of head and neck cancer, including what your life will be like when your treatment is complete. Our clinicians are also top researchers, finding new and innovative treatments and therapies, as well as what it takes to get you back to your life. We are on the leading edge of head and neck research and quality-of-life issues, always searching for ways to make the best cancer treatments even better.
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only institution in Iowa to hold the prestigious designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This means we are recognized among the leading cancer centers in the United States. NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers are rated in the top 4 percent of the approximately 1,500 cancer centers in the United States. A study published in the July 2015 issue of the journal Cancer showed that patients treated at NCI-designated cancer centers have better survival outcomes than patients treated at non-NCI designated cancer centers.
To be considered a "comprehensive" center means our teams have expertise in clinical, laboratory, and population-based research. Our doctors and staff are on top of the newest developments in cancer research, treatment, and diagnosis.
In other words, "comprehensive" cancer care means our team of experts will design a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. When it comes to treating cancer, we don’t believe in "one size fits all."
Our multidisciplinary team is ready to offer all of the services you need for your head and neck cancer.
We bring experts from different fields of medicine to work together as a team called a multidisciplinary oncology group. Because there are many options for head and neck cancer patients, our team meets regularly to discuss the best course of treatment and works together to design the best personalized plan for every patient. The team includes head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, social workers, imaging specialists, pathologists, pharmacists, nurses, laboratory-based scientists, and our survivorship clinical team. Our team of specialists focuses not just on head and neck cancer, but on your head and neck cancer.
A clinical trial is where research meets patient care. A great deal of research is done behind the scenes in laboratories, long before a clinical trial can even begin. Clinical trials are research studies that test the latest treatments and drugs that are not yet available to the public. These new treatments have the potential to improve your quality of life or increase your chances of survival.
For example, one of our studies involves an investigational drug to see if it can reduce mouth pain and ulcers that can be a side effect of mouth cancer treatments. Another one of our clinical trials is exploring the use of electrical nerve stimulation, in combination with current treatments, to reduce pain and improve function for patients who are getting chemotherapy and radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.
See a full list and learn more about clinical trials at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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