Dr. Sacco Discusses Multidisciplinary Care in Head and Neck Cancer

Assuntina G. Sacco, MD
Published: Thursday, Jan 18, 2018



Assuntina G. Sacco, MD, assistant professor of medicine, medical oncologist, UC San Diego Health, discusses the importance of multidisciplinary care in the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer.

Sacco says that multidisciplinary care is more important than ever in head and neck cancer. Collaboration between surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and speech language therapists is vital—no one specialist can do it alone, she emphasizes.

Additionally, dietitians should be involved, as they can assist in minimizing weight loss and reduce the potential for a feeding tube, which some patients with head and neck cancer end up needing. The incorporation of dietitians and speech pathologists can even expedite the removal of feeding tubes, as well as improving swallowing mechanisms.

Patients with head and neck cancer undergo a lot of toxicity during their rigorous treatment course, Sacco explains. These patients need intensive support throughout the care continuum, especially in the months of recovery that follow treatment.


Assuntina G. Sacco, MD, assistant professor of medicine, medical oncologist, UC San Diego Health, discusses the importance of multidisciplinary care in the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer.

Sacco says that multidisciplinary care is more important than ever in head and neck cancer. Collaboration between surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and speech language therapists is vital—no one specialist can do it alone, she emphasizes.

Additionally, dietitians should be involved, as they can assist in minimizing weight loss and reduce the potential for a feeding tube, which some patients with head and neck cancer end up needing. The incorporation of dietitians and speech pathologists can even expedite the removal of feeding tubes, as well as improving swallowing mechanisms.

Patients with head and neck cancer undergo a lot of toxicity during their rigorous treatment course, Sacco explains. These patients need intensive support throughout the care continuum, especially in the months of recovery that follow treatment.

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