Head and Neck Cancers

City of Hope is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers. Our multidisciplinary head and neck cancer program takes a comprehensive approach to provide the most effective therapies available against cancers in the following tissues and organs:
  • Oral cavity (lip, mouth and tongue)
  • Throat (pharynx and larynx)
    • Nasopharynx
    • Oropharynx
    • Hypoharynx
  • Thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Skin of the head and neck
  • Salivary glands
  • Nasal cavity
  • Paranasal sinuses
Our integrated team of health professionals work closely with one another and collaborate extensively with other departments and institutions. Together, they combine the latest scientific breakthroughs with outstanding patient care, delivering the best treatments available for optimal outcomes. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:
  • minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted techniques for complex surgeries that can remove tumors with less discomfort, reduced risk of complications and shorter recovery times
  • reconstructive surgery that can minimize loss of function (such as ability to speak or swallow) or restore appearance following cancer treatment
  • highly precise radiation therapy that can target hard-to-resect tumors with minimal exposure to surrounding normal tissue
  • targeted drugs and drug combinations that can treat advanced cancer with greater effectiveness and fewer side effects, compared to traditional chemotherapy
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of  supportive care experts — including speech pathologists, dieticians, supportive medicine physicians, rehabilitation specialists. Working closely with the patient’s primary care team, they can detect and address quality of life issues related to head and neck cancers and their treatments. This includes managing symptoms (such as pain, nausea and fatigue), restoring function (such as ability to speak, eat and breathe) and adjusting to a new diet and lifestyle after treatment.
Learn more about head and neck cancer types, symptoms, risk factors and diagnostic tests on National Cancer Institute’s website.
As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute , City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in research and treatment of head and neck cancers. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
If you have been diagnosed with a head and neck cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.