We are a dedicated team of treating physicians, bringing novel molecular targeted therapeutics, chemopreventive agents and state-of-the-art rehabilitative techniques to our head and neck patients at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center through a multidisciplinary, comprehensive team approach.

The head and neck oncology program, under the leadership of Cherie-Ann Nathan, MD, FACS at LSUHSC’s Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, is committed to providing excellence in patient care, teaching, and most importantly, bringing novel treatments to our patients. Many head and neck cancer patients are diagnosed with a disease that not only causes facial disfigurement, but also affects all of the major organ functions such as speech, swallowing and breathing.

Specially-trained Feist-Weiller Cancer Center physicians often arrest the progression from pre-cancer to cancer by using bioactive food compounds such as curcumin, as well as encouraging healthy eating and lifestyles.

When necessary, head and neck surgeons perform ablative surgery for indicated lesions using the state-of-the-art flexible CO2 laser that is available in the clinic.

The chemoprevention and translational research program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center includes the upper aerodigestive tract translational group. This group is committed to conducting basic science research, and then taking it from the bench to bedside through clinical trials.

The Team

The team of physicians and ancillary staff that includes speech therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse coordinators, clinical research nurses, psychologists and social workers, is committed to the overall rehabilitation of our patients with state-of-the-art treatment for this devastating disease.

Alex Ekshyyan, PhD
Assistant Professor

Tara Moore- Medlin
Lab Manager

Xiaohua Rong

Alok Khandelwal, PhD

Xiaohua Ma, M.D.

Yahui Tang, M.D., PhD

Ellen Lewis, FNP-BC

Daphanie Williams, RN

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance sponsors the annual Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week in April. During this week, the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery along with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, offers a free screening at the Head & Neck Surgery Clinic at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center outpatient treatment building. Doctors look for signs of cancer affecting the mouth, lips, tongue, voice box or neck. Call 318.675.6262 for more information about this April screening.


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