Cancers of the head and neck require the specialized care of an otolaryngologist, also called an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon. The Pediatric Head and Neck Surgical Oncology program at Texas Children’s specializes in the comprehensive surgical care of children with malignant and benign masses in the head and neck including the face, sinuses, mouth, throat, salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands; neck, jaw and ear.
The care of these patients requires a team of coordinated subspecialists through the entire treatment process. This includes efficient and accurate state-of-the-art diagnostics, multidisciplinary planning for optimized oncologic, cosmetic and functional outcomes; and consistent postoperative therapy to help children return to their normal lives.
Our Head and Neck Surgical Oncologists coordinate with pediatric oncologists, pediatric anesthesiologists and pediatric intensive care specialists to ensure safe, high quality perioperative care. We have a team of speech and language pathologists; audiologists, and physical and occupational therapists who assist us in the rehabilitation of these children. Additionally, we serve as a key component of the Thyroid Cancer Program within the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.
As part of our commitment to deliver world class care to our patients, we regularly collaborate with adult head and neck surgical consultants from Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for the most challenging cases.