Receiving a head and neck cancer diagnosis can be confusing and overwhelming, and you may be wondering what your next steps are. At Epic Care CyberKnife, we will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan based on your unique cancer diagnosis, to restore your health. Our radiation oncologists use the non-invasive CyberKnife system to apply accurate radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer, including head and neck cancer.
Head and neck cancer is an umbrella term used to describe cancer that occurs in the mouth, throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and surrounding areas. Malignant tumors can form in many distinct areas of the head and neck so they are grouped one as one classification but treated specifically depending on the type of cancer.
Many heads and neck cancers begin as squamous cell carcinomas which grow in the flat squamous cells of the head and neck tissues. These can then spread to the epithelium and mucosa layers, depending on the type of cancer and its aggressiveness.
At Epic Care CyberKnife, we will assign you a cancer care team that will design your cancer treatment plan in Walnut Creek. There are three primary cancer treatments that we may use or we may choose a combination depending on the type and stage of your head and neck cancer.
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses cancer-killing medications to shrink or eliminate all cancerous tumors in the body. It is administered intravenously or in pill form. Chemotherapy is often paired with radiation therapy for the best results.
CyberKnife Radiation Therapy: CyberKnife is clinically proven to treat head and neck cancer and does so with minimal side effects. The CyberKnife System uses a robotic arm that can adjust to administer radiation therapy with pinpoint accuracy from hundreds of different angles. This cancer treatment in Walnut Creek adjusts to the small movements of your body and only targets the malignant tumor. This allows your healthy tissues and organs to be untouched and helps eliminate painful or uncomfortable side effects. At Epic Care CyberKnife, radiation therapy with the CyberKnife system is administered on an outpatient basis.
Internal Radiation Therapy: Depending on your cancer diagnosis, internal radiation therapy could also be an option. With internal radiation therapy, also known as brachytherapy, a thin, hollow, plastic tube is placed into the tumor and the surrounding tissue. These tubes contain tiny radioactive seeds that remain in place to kill cancer. The tube and seeds are then removed at a specific time based on the type and stage of cancer.
Schedule an appointment with Epic Care CyberKnife for non-invasive, non-surgical cancer treatment in Walnut Creek. Our expert oncologists will walk you through the details of the treatment and answer any questions you may have. Contact Epic Care CyberKnife today! We look forward to eliminating your cancer and restoring your health.