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Head & Neck Cancer Program

Head & Neck cancer encompasses many different locations and cancer types.  The Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute is committed to caring for this complex category of cancers.    Head and Neck cancers may affect speech, swallowing, vision, and hearing.  The Gibbs team is dedicated to promoting quality of life after your diagnosis.  By using advanced diagnostic technology and the latest treatments Gibbs offers you the highest quality of cancer care available.  The Head & Neck Cancer Program focuses on:

·      Oral cavity (organs in the mouth)
·      Pharynx or throat
·      Larynx (vocal cords)
·      Salivary glands
·      Nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses
·      Skull base
·      Ear and temporal bone
·      Neck
Creating your individualized treatment plan is the reason we present all newly diagnosed Head & Neck cancers during the Head & Neck Multidisciplinary Planning Conference.  Every patient is reviewed for possible participation in a clinical trial.  Primary treatment options include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.   Support services, such as Speech Language Pathology, Nutrition, and Medical Social Work, are key players in maintaining quality of life.
Program Quality & Outcomes

Meet our Head & Neck Cancer Team

·  Surgeons
Affiliate Community Physicians

H Fredrick Butehorn, III, MD, Program Vice-Chair
John Foster, MD
Christopher Rucker, MD
Erik Steiniger, MD
Richard Weir, MD
Laura Mills, DMD
William P Mills, Jr, DMD


· Medical Oncologists

Sharmila Mehta, MD
Asim Pati, MD
Colin Curran, MD

· Radiation Oncologists

Heather Allen, MD, Program Chair
Amarinthia Curtis, MD
Patricia Griffin, MD

· Plastic Surgeons

Shawn Birchenough, MD
Michael J. Orseck, MD

· Pathologists

Amy, C. Baruch, MD
Rosanna Lapham, MD

· Radiologists (Diagnostic)

· Clinical Navigator

Jonathan Austin, LMSW

· Clinical Research

Heather Horton, RN, BSN

· Oncology Dietitian

Cathy Zwillng MS, RD, CSO, LD

· Speech Language Pathology

Kelly Lundis M.S., CCC-SLP

· Other Available Support Services

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Gibbs Cancer Center is a multidisciplinary cancer center located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It is one of the original National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program and Community Clinical Oncology Program sites. Gibbs is nationally recognized cancer treatment and research facility with affiliations with MD Anderson Physicians Network and the Medical University of South Carolina's Hollings Cancer Center.

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