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Making an Appointment

Scheduling an appointment with the Head & Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic

Call our Head & Neck Multidisciplinary Clinical Coordinator at (410) 955-2309. At the Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, patients will be set up with ONE appointment and will see head and neck cancer specialist from surgical oncology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology as well as other departments that may be involved in their care. Please understand that we are not able to offer medical advice over the telephone or through the internet or mail.

Physician Referrals

Call our Clinical Coordinator at (410) 955-2309 to refer a patient to our Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic.  Our multidisciplinary team is committed to working with you to provide the best possible treatment plan.

Information Needed When Making an Appointment

When calling to make an appointment, please have the following information available:

  • Personal contact information (phone numbers, address, etc.)
  • Diagnosis
  • Details of diagnosis ( tests performed, biopsy results, etc.)
  • Specific information about any treatment or testing received related to diagnosis
  • Names and phone numbers of all physicians that have provided care related to diagnosis

Our team requires that certain medical information is forwarded in ADVANCE of the appointment . This includes:

  • CD's of outside scans and reports ( ie: MRI, CT, PET )
  • Outside pathology slides, paraffin block (or 10 unstained slides) and reports
  • Medical records pertinent to diagnosis and care ( ie: surgical reports, treatment summary, etc.)

Out-of-Town & International Patients

The staff at Johns Hopkins USA (for patients traveling from anywhere in the country) and Johns Hopkins International Services (for patients traveling from beyond the United States )can assist you . They will help in identifying an appropriate specialist, scheduling and coordinating all your appointments as well as making lodging and travel plans and arranging for interpreter services. Our Clinical Coordinator works closely with both the Johns Hopkins USA and Johns Hopkins International staff to accommodate all your health care needs.

For Johns Hopkins USA, a Medical Concierge is available to take your phone calls between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Monday through Friday at   410-735-4872   or send your request via e-mail to

For Johns Hopkins International,  please call    + 1-410-955-8032   or send your request via e-mail  to .

Head and Neck Cancer Dental Health

Radiation therapy is often a part of standard treatment for head or neck cancer patients.  It can cause problems such as infection to the gums, mouth sores and tooth decay. For this reason, it is important for you to visit your dentist and to have any needed dental treatment completed PRIOR to starting radiation treatment at The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Dental treatment AFTER radiation treatment can be complicated by slow healing and the risk of infection.

Importance of Seeing a Dentist Prior to Radiation Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer

Radiation treatment used during your cancer care can harm normal cells including cells in your mouth. If you go to the dentist before head and neck radiation treatment begins, you can help prevent serious mouth problems from developming after or during your radiation treatment. Side effects of radiation treatment often happen to a patient because their mouth is not healthy before the radiation treatment begins.