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Stanford Head and Neck
Cancer Program

Offering organ preservation and
nerve sparing treatments

Stanford Head and Neck
Cancer Program

Pioneers in organ-preserving chemoradiation techniques

Stanford Head and Neck
Cancer Program

Improving outcomes and limiting toxicity through
advanced radiation therapies

Stanford Head and Neck
Cancer Program

Leading the way with the first multidisciplinary
Head & Neck Tumor Board in the country

Stanford Head and Neck
Cancer Program

Providing minimally invasive and
trans-oral robotic surgery

Stanford Head and Neck Cancer Program

The physicians of the Stanford Head and Neck Cancer Program are highly experienced in using state-of-the-art approaches for cancers that affect how we look, breathe, talk, smell, see, and swallow. Our multispecialty team excels in providing outstanding personalized clinical care and, when appropriate, participates in leading edge clinical research as well as research into tumor biology, cancer stem cells, and radiation therapy.

Among the Head and Neck Cancer Program's unique offerings are:

  • Approaches to head and neck cancers focusing on preserving function and appearance
  • Minimally invasive surgery, when possible, such as endoscopic laser laryngeal surgery, transoral robotic surgery, and infratemporal fossa approaches
  • Advanced radiation therapy and chemoradiation approaches that limit toxicity and improve outcomes
  • Skull base surgery, endoscopic or open; in conjunction with highly experienced teams that work together closely with neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists
  • State of the art reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation to minimize the morbidity of treatment
  • Intraoperative irradiation for highly selected recurrent tumors
  • Weekly multispecialty patient care conference to assure that all options are reviewed prior to initiating final recommendations

Pioneers in research and treatment. Stanford doctors introduced the first use of chemotherapy with irradiation for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), which is now the basis of organ-preservation chemoradiation in the U.S. We participate in many major national studies and institutional-originated studies.

Leaders in multispecialty, comprehensive care. Stanford's Head & Neck Tumor Board was the first of its kind in the U.S. and brings together medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, as well as head and neck radiologists, pathologists, dentists, nurses, and physician assistants.

Inspiring Patient Stories

Radiation from cancer treatment left John Ayers’ throat so scarred, he could barely breathe and could no longer swallow. After resorting to a feeding tube for three years, a new robotic surgery at Stanford restored his ability to breathe and eat.

In this video, Jerry Young talks about how a unique throat cancer surgery offered at the Head and Neck Cancer Program saved his voice.

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