Head and Neck cancers (HNC) broadly include malignant tumors of oral cavity, nasopharynx, tonsil, larynx and pharynx. They are one of the commonest cancers in our country owing to the excessive use of tobacco. These tumors generally present in advanced stage in India because of ignorance, fear of the disease and expenses involved in the overall treatment.
Dr. Sajal Kakkar underwent rigorous training in management of Head and Neck cancers during his training at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He also worked as UICC Fellow under his mentor Dr. Avraham Eisbruch, who is a doyen of Head and Neck Cancer radiotherapy, at prestigious University of Michigan, Ann Arbor USA and learned the finer aspects of head and neck cancer radiotherapy.
Dr. Kakkar is well versed in various aspects of high precision radiotherapy like Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) and Rapid Arc (VMAT) to deliver high dose to the target and to save the adjacent critical structures at same time, hence to reduce long term radiation sequelae. He has a particular interest in salivary gland sparing and dysphagia related structures sparing IMRT to improve the quality of life of the patients who undergo radiotherapy for head and neck cancers. HNC management being a successful example of team work, he is associated with a highly qualified and dedicated team of Surgical Oncologist, Medical Oncologist, Radiologist and Oncopathologist.