As a board-certified radiation oncologist, my expertise is using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) to treat patients with thyroid and other head and neck cancers. Using this advanced form of 3D conformal radiotherapy, our goals are twofold — improving patients’ outcomes and decreasing the side effects of treatment.
There are many effective treatment options for patients diagnosed with tumors in the head and neck. Many of these tumors can be eliminated without the need of an invasive surgery, using radiation therapy alone or radiation in combination with chemotherapy (such as tumors in the tonsil, base of tongue, and soft palate). Before making a decision on which treatment to pursue, I believe it is important to have a consultation with a surgeon, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist to hear about all the different options available.