Support Services

Head and neck cancer can affect a patient’s quality of life, appearance, and self esteem. It can also have a big impact on a patient’s loved ones. At UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, our support services for head and neck cancer focus on rehabilitation, survivorship, and psychology to help patients and their families through the cancer journey.

On-site speech pathologists who specialize in voice, speech, and swallowing therapy are key members of our team. We also partner with the UT Southwestern facial reanimation center, a world-class program that treats facial paralysis.

Additional support services include:

Occupational therapy

Our team ensures that patients can function and perform daily activities during their treatment, as well as after completing therapy.

Physical therapy

Rehabilitation includes lymphedema therapy and other rehabilitation therapies that patients with head and neck cancer need to regain their mobility, function, and quality of life.

Dentistry support

UT Southwestern is one of the few cancer centers with a team of dentists who understands the unique oral health needs of head and neck cancer patients.

Cancer psychology

Our licensed clinical psychologists are trained to help cancer patients relieve the stress, sadness, and nervousness associated with cancer and its treatments.

EMBRACE Survivorship

Our series of 10 seminars addresses important themes that can arise during the cancer journey, including family relationships, exercise, and fear of recurrence.

Integrative therapies

Therapies such as art therapy and expressive writing are designed to improve well-being and quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

Oncology nutrition

Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Our dietitians help patients make informed food choices and ensure that nutritional needs are being met during and after treatment.

Oncology social work

Social workers trained to work with cancer patients are available to assist with any of the challenges patients may face during or after treatment.

Spiritual support

Our chaplains provide interfaith support for patients, their caregivers, and family. 

Support groups and classes

Meeting with others who have gone through or are going through similar cancer journeys can be supportive and therapeutic. Cancer support groups focus on compassion and access to resources. 

Transitional care coordination

Helps as patients transition between care settings, such as from a hospital to home.

Request an Appointment

To schedule a visit with a head and neck cancer specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.