Doctors at Ohio State University are testing out a new way of blasting cancers of the head and neck.
They call it intensification therapy, a method which blasts cancers early and often with radiation, chemotherapy and then, cutting the cancer out in surgery.
So far, the early results are proving positive.
Doctors say the method controls 95 to 97 percent of the disease with cure rates of more than double the standard therapy rate.
A study published in the Journal of Cancer reveals five-year survival rates went up from 35 to nearly 70 percent.
But doctors add that this therapy isn't for everyone. They point out that the surgery can be disfiguring and that patients often undergo reconstructive surgery.
To learn more about cancer intensification therapy, log on to http://www.osumedcenter.edu and click on Press Release Archives, then click on Second Quarter.