Head & Neck Cancers

Head and Neck Cancer: The First Dayton Difference

Cancers of the Head, Neck and Oral area can be some of the most challenging for the patient to go through. Breathing, swallowing, and talking all must be protected when undergoing treatment. You need a team of experts who will not only cure your disease, but also look out for your quality of life. With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Ed Hughes is the area’s expert in treating these type of cancers. He works closely with the ENT surgeons to develop the best plan for your care.

Experience Does Make a Difference

A landmark study of over 6,200 patients with head and neck cancer treated by IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) revealed a startling result. The cure rates increased by 21% – a huge number – for those patients treated by an experienced radiation oncology doctor. Dr. I. J. Boero and colleagues from the University of California, San Diego published their study in the March 1 issue of the prestigious Journal of Clinical Oncology (J Clin Oncol 2016; 34:684-690).

Their conclusion was clear: high volume radiation oncology doctors did better for their patients than low volume doctors. Volume indicates how many head and neck cancer patients doctors treat in a year.

A Big Clinic is not the Same as Experience

Dr. Hughes was not a surprised by this conclusion. What was surprising was the magnitude of the difference. Head and neck cancer patients have a 21% better chance of survival if they were treated by an experienced head and neck radiation oncology physician. The second surprising conclusion was that the benefit was not seen with patients who were treated with conventional radiation therapy performed at many hospitals. The better results with high-volume radiation oncology doctors were not due to the experience of other team members, including the medical oncologist, nurses, speech pathologist, or the radiation therapists who actually set up the patients and treat them on a day-to-day basis. IMRT takes much more skill and experience on the part of the radiation oncology doctor than conventional head and neck radiotherapy.

Seek Experience

So experience counts. A lot. So finding an experienced radiation oncology doctor is the key first step in successful treatment of your head and neck cancer. When seeking a physician to treat you, ask them how many patients do they treat with this type of cancer. For instance, many cancer centers today are joined with urologists, so their focus is prostate cancer. Some are even attached to a neuroscience center, so their focus is brain and spine. Seek a physician who has experience with head and neck cancers or is well balanced in treating all cancers. Dr. Hughes is that physician.

At First Dayton Cancer Care, we have the most experienced, high-volume radiation oncology doctors in Southwest Ohio.

Benefits of IMRT

  • No cutting
  • No pain
  • Spares healthy tissue
  • Higher doses can be used safely
  • Few, if any, side effects
  • 5 visits or less
  • No hospital stay

Benefits of CyberKnife

  • 5 visits or less
  • No cutting
  • No pain
  • Reduced side effects
  • No hospital stay
  • Pinpoint accuracy targets tumors with sub-millimeter precision
  • Spares more healthy tissue

Call 855-DAYTON1 for a consultation today, and get your life back faster.

Cancers We Treat

What People Say

  • Everyone has been totally fantastic. The first week was very hard for me, but all 3 technicians I worked with made me feel great even though I know that first week is difficult for them (not on purpose). They always made me feel comfortable with my treatment and hugs when they knew I was having a tough day. I could not have been happier with any aspect of my care.

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  • First, I have never been treated so well by all medical professionals. I was scared from the beginning. I was given info in a positive, accurate and direct manner. Because of this I was able to face the fears I had. Each visit strengthened me. I feel that if I had not come to First Dayton Cyberknife I would not have felt the hope I feel now. Is that not part of good treatment?

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  • My experience at First Dayton Cancer Care was exceptional from start to finish. Beginning with the initial consultation with Dr Hughes. I always knew what to expect throughout the treatment process. The entire staff is to be commended for their professionalism both in their job knowledge and cheerful, upbeat personalities.

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  • Everyone from the front desk was great! Jo was excellent in explaining what each visit required verbally and on paper. Annette was great, polite and very informative. Annette made the treatments easy and comfortable in a scary time. I loved the music she played during my treatment. Dr Hughes was wonderful, he explained all the treatments. I knew when we first talked that this place was where I wanted to be.

     

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  • FRONT DESK ALWAYS COURTEOUS. NURSES ARE ALWAYS HELPFUL. AND OF COURSE THE THERAPISTS WERE TERRIFIC. DOCTORS ALWAYS KEPT ME UP ON EVERYTHING. EVERYBODY IS JUST GREAT TO BE WITH. FIRST DAYTON CYBERKNIFE IS VERY CLEAN AND PERSONABLE.

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  • Everybody was really nice. Jennifer, Mike, Kristie who did my treatments made me feel very comfortable. They were like friends to me. The staff at the front desk were very nice to me. The doctors were great too. Dr Hughes was my doctor.

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  • Cyberknife treatment with Annette was great. Radiation treatments with Mike, Jennifer and Kristi was also great. I would definitely recommend this facility to anyone needing cancer treatment. I have driven over 100 miles round trip each day for six weeks. It was well worth the drive. Believe it or not I actually looked forward to coming each day. All staff was great!

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  • I am totally happy with the care I got from everyone. Jo told me how it would work. Dr Hughes was very good and took a lot of time with me. Annette was outstanding, she was kind and told me to do so it would so it would work the best. I thank everyone for the experience.

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  • The staff was so courteous. They answered all of my questions I had. I was seen on time with minimal wait time.Doctor was informative and helpful with medications, ordered as needed. Dietitian was good at sharing information about good nutrition.

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  • I had breast radiation and my treatments went very fast. The staff was very pleasant. I enjoyed talking with the radiation therapist each morning. I have a lot of great memories. I would recommend this place to anyone facing cancer treatment.

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  • Everyone was very nice, friendly, very caring and professional. No complaints. I couldn’t ask for a better experience of this kind. I felt like I was in good hands.

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  • I recieved care at First Dayton Cancer Care with Dr Hughes.The staff was very caring and dedicated to my care. dr Hughes and Dr Burger were very concerned and caring. The nurse’s were very informative about the process as were the techs.

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  • I really kind of enjoyed visits due to Kristi, Jennifer and Mike were just excellent with care. Very happy and encouraging. Vice nice receptionist! Everyone is always helpful and they always have a smile.

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  • My care by staff was superb. They all have wonderful personalities and keep the treatments light making me at ease. They made me really enjoy coming. The prompt calls when the machine was not working and follow up were much appreciated. I will give all a five star rating and recommendation.

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  • It was a very good experience all the people treated you with respect. When you come here you will tell your friends about First Dayton Cancer Care. Thanks to each and everyone of you.

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  • My treatment schedule was always on time and when I had to reschedule they always accommodated me. The staff here are excellent, from the receptionist to the nurses to therapists. They all made me feel at ease and had a cheerful experience. I would like to especially thank Jennifer, Kristi and Mike for their professional care.

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  • Amazing care from everyone that took care of me. Sweetness must be a requirement to work here because you all are the sweetest. Your tones in treatment was very comforting and appreciated. Fear of the unknown but you all give much needed respect and care. In spite of the tasks of healing, you all have made it (keep it up, we benefit from your care) all worth it.

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  • Cancer in it self is scary. My experience here at Cyberknife is one that I will always cherish for taking away the fear of lung cancer. The staff, all the wonderful people I encountered made me feel alive and gave me the hope and strength to know how I will win. God truly gave this wonderful Dr Hughes the best staff ever & I thank him for his skills, his machine & his time in my recovery.

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  • THE CYBERKNIFE TREATMENT WAS PAINLESS, OTHER THAN THE MARKER IMPLANT. THE TREATMENT HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE BASED ON REDUCED LEVELS FROM LAB RESULTS. THE STAFF HAS BEEN FRIENDLY,SYMPATHETIC & PROFESSIONAL. THE DOCTOR AND NURSES ARE KNOWLEDGABLE AND PROFESSIONAL.

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  • ALL ASPECTS OF TREATMENT WERE HANDLED VERY PROFESSIONALLY. EVERYTHING WAS EXPLAINED CLEARLY AND IN GREAT DETAIL. EVERYONE I HAD CONTACT WITH WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE MY TREATMENTS COMFORTABLE. NOT A SINGLE COMPLAINT ABOUT CYBERKNIFE!!!

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  • FROM BEGINNING TO END OF 5 DAY TREATMENTS EVERYONE IS VERY POSTIVE AND PROFESSIONAL TO ME & MY WIFE DENNY. EVERY TEST & PROCEDURE WAS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL & EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THANKS TO ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN MY CARE.

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  • EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE, EVERYONE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE AND GENUINELY CARING. THE PROCEDURE AND TREATMENT WAS FULLY EXPLAINED AND WENT AS DESCRIBED. POST TREATMENT AND CARE WAS EXCELLENT AS WELL.

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  • Followed suggestions from staff about skin care, etc and had great results. Staff has always been professional and courteous. Will continue to recommend center to others.

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  • The facility and staff are tops. Always a smile and a very pleasant attitude. Although this has been a trying experience for me; It was nice to have someone listen carefully to my concerns. Always the professional, with words of encouragement and making me feel important. I appreciate the doctor, staff and the facility. Treatment went well. Thanks C. MOrgan

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