Known nationally for its patient-oriented, multidisciplinary care of cancer and non-cancer patients, the Milton J. Dance Jr., Head and Neck Center is committed to remaining at the forefront. To accommodate current and future needs, the Dance Center recently relocated to a new 10,000-square-foot suite on the fourth floor of Physicians Pavilion West on the GBMC campus. This uniquely-designed space comfortably houses the staff and equipment necessary to deliver the latest advances in diagnostic, treatment, research and support services that ensure comprehensive, specialized patient care.
As the diagnosis and treatment methods of head and neck disorders have continued to evolve, so has the growth of our professional staff, services and capabilities to serve patients," says John R. Saunders, Jr., MD, MBA, FACS, Chief of Staff and Medical Director, Milton J. Dance, Jr., Head and Neck Center. "Today, our integrated approach combines the disciplines of surgery, oncology, speech-language pathology, nursing, nutrition, social work and other allied health professionals to offer coordinated patient-centered care."
The Dance Center addresses head and neck cancer patients' physical and emotional needs through a wide range of programs and services to improve patients' quality of life. Exceptional care is offered through counseling and education for patients and family members, head and neck cancer tumor board meetings, interdisciplinary patient care conferences, discharge planning and home health care coordination, patient and family support groups, and more. Speech pathology services also provide the highest level of clinical expertise for non-cancer patients with speech-language, swallowing and feeding, voice and cognitive-communications disorders.
On-site, Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery at GBMC works hand-in-hand with the multidisciplinary team of professionals at the Dance Center to offer expertise in organ preservation, microvascular and laryngeal surgery, minimally invasive techniques, voice rehabilitation and research-based clinical trials. The Dance Center has also expanded its voice program in collaboration with Johns Hopkins to manage all types of laryngeal voice problems including benign and malignant lesions, neurological disorders and vocal dysfunction due to behavioral causes.
"Within the new space, the Dance Center can continue to provide our patients with care that is both cutting-edge and compassionate in a setting that emphasizes the highest level of comfort, privacy and convenience," says Barbara Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, Clinical-Administrative Director of the Dance Center.
For more information about the comprehensive services available through the Dance Center, call 443-849-2087.