The UNC Multidisciplinary Head & Neck Oncology Program
The Multidisciplinary Head & Neck Oncology Program offers a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for the treatment of all benign and malignant tumors of the Head & Neck including, but not limited to, tumors of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx; soft tissues; thyroid; nose and sinuses; ear and temporal bone; skull base; salivary glands; and the cerebello-pontine angle. The Program’s main goal is to cure head and neck cancer while maintaining optimal speech and swallowing function and achieving the best possible cosmetic result. We have extensive experience in minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, transoral laser resection and microvascular free flap reconstruction, and transoral robotic surgery.
The team consists of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, diagnostic and interventional radiologists, dentists, epidemiologists, prosthetic specialists, nutritionists, speech and swallowing specialists, nurses, and social workers. The exchange of knowledge and opinions among team members ensures that the best possible treatment plan is developed for each patient. Each week, the Program holds an interactive conference attended by Program members from each discipline. Mark C. Weissler, MD, Trevor Hackman, MD, Jose Zevallos, MD, Samip Patel, MD, Adam M. Zanation, MD, and Brian Thorp, MD, serve as the Program’s Head & Neck oncologic surgeons. This conference has the ability to be webcast around the state. Our weekly tumor board now routinely discusses over 35 patients per week, actively undergoing multidisciplinary cancer therapy at UNC. Over 700 patients are discussed at this conference yearly.