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Head & Neck Cancers

We treat patients with cancer of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, throat (larynx) and other head or neck sites.

Our cancer experts include medical oncologists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists), surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists. This comprehensive team provides personalized head and neck cancer treatment using the latest technologies.

Honored for Cancer Expertise

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2012The Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons, gave us its 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only three Pennsylvania centers to receive that honor for cancer treatment excellence.

Diagnosing Head and Neck Cancer

Testing with the latest technologies is vital for an accurate diagnosis and to determine the best treatment. After physical examination of the mouth and neck, tests may include: endoscopic examination of the larynx, x-ray, CT and PET scans, and biopsy. We also provide consultations (second opinions) for patients originally diagnosed elsewhere.

Head and Neck Cancer Treatments

Surgery may be the only treatment needed for some small head and neck cancers. Lymph nodes also may be removed. A laryngectomy (removal of vocal chords) may be necessary to effectively treat certain cancers.

Radiation therapy might be used on its own or in combination with other treatments. Advanced procedures include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) to deliver high-powered radiation in focused beams. This targets the cancer and avoids healthy areas.

Chemotherapy is sometimes administered after surgery to destroy remaining cancer cells. It may be given as outpatient or inpatient treatment. Some patients may receive targeted therapy.

We participate in clinical trials for head and neck cancer. This gives our patients opportunities to take part in studies of promising new advances.

Fertility Preservation

Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before cancer treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.

Help Navigating Your Cancer Treatment

Whether you are newly diagnosed or in treatment, our cancer navigators provide help and support. The nurse navigator for head and neck cancers, Kelly Pressler, RN, MSN, OCN can be emailed, or is available at 215-481-6387.