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Diagnosis and Treatment of Head & Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancer comprises a large family of cancers that affect the head and neck region. Many of these cancers are rare and the Stanford Cancer Center can provide the kind of expertise you want when facing a life-threatening illness.

In addition, head and neck cancer is an area of active clinical trials at Stanford. Your physician can help develop your personalized care plan and decide whether a clinical trial is right for you.

Stanford's head and neck surgeons, Drs. Willard Fee and Michael Kaplan, together with other specialty surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists and speech therapists are national leaders in the management of head and neck cancers.

The team's strong multidisciplinary approach and contributions to advancing the field have brought international recognition from their peers for more than 25 years. The group's goal is to provide the best cure rate while preserving function and appearance to the greatest degree possible.

Cancer Center comprehensive care for head and neck cancers includes:

Diagnosis and Treatment

A weekly head and neck cancer tumor board where patients and/or physicians can meet with a multidisciplinary team of experts who provide second opinions and care planning.

Advanced surgical approaches aimed at maximum organ conservation.

The cranial base surgery center, offering innovative surgery that spares healthy nerves and facilitates brain surgery in deep regions where it was previously not possible.

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) that reduces the dose of radiation received by healthy tissue, and can allow doctors to deliver radiation to difficult-to-reach areas.

Stereotactic radiation, another method for delivering precise doses of radiation down to millimeter accuracy.

Proactive management of treatment side effects such as mucositis (inflammation of the mucous membranes) and dry mouth (xerostomia).

A multidisciplinary approach, combining surgery, radiation and chemotherapy for maximum effectiveness.
Chemotherapy prevention approaches aimed at minimizing cancer recurrence.

Follow-up Care

Specialized speech and swallowing therapy that helps you rapidly regain speech if necessary and adjust to throat changes that can affect swallowing.

Reconstructive surgery to restore your appearance.

A free smoking cessation program to help you reduce the likelihood that your cancer will recur.


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