Past Studies

  • A new approach to the care of certain patients in the post-operative setting. In this study, patients were assigned to our cooperative care floor, in University House, for a few days. In this setting, a loved one acts as the caregiver. One nurse backs up every eight patients and their caregivers, and is a teacher and guide while the caregiver learns to confidently manage their loved one.
  • Attendance was studies at free head and neck cancer screenings by underserved populations versus a well-served population. Findings showed that while free screenings are a good service to the community, offering these screenings in conjunction with a health fair provide a better turn- out and a better service to the community. Also, screenings just for head and neck cancer are better attended in well-served areas, but the vast majority of people who show up at these screenings have very few risk factors.
  • Three studies examined the utility of using monoclonal antibodies tagged with radioactive isotopes in patients with advanced head and neck cancers. These studies could be useful in determining if the need for radiation therapy in the post-operative setting could be decreased by the use of these products in the pre-operative setting.
  • The effect of hypotensive anesthesia on the quality of the surgical field in LeFort 1 Osteotomy was studied. It was determined that this technique results in less bleeding and a better visualization intraoperatively.
  • A pharmacokinetic study of an investigational antibiotic which may help prevent esophagitis was done. The Head and Neck team anticipates participation in the upcoming Phase III trial.
  • Quality of life issues in patients who have had reconstruction with the fibula bone were studied.
  • Mapping sensory and nerve patterns inside the nose where sensation of airflow is greatest; a collaborative research project with the UNL college of engineering