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Specialized, Multidisciplinary Approach to Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancers include cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat, larynx, nose, and nasal cavity. Most are squamous cell carcinomas, which means they begin in the flat cells that make up the outer surface of the skin or tissues of the head and neck region. Tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, and human papillomavirus are the main causes of head and neck cancer.

Head and neck cancers can also include salivary gland cancer, thyroid cancer, and other cancers involving the head and neck such as melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, and sarcoma.

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s integrated team of head and neck cancer specialists treats only head and neck cancer, giving us a level of expertise that is on par with top U.S. cancer programs. Our radiation and medical oncologists, oral and reconstructive surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, and speech pathologists collaborate closely on each case, ensuring that every patient benefits from the combined knowledge of all specialties.

Head and Neck Cancer Care with a Singular Focus

Using a holistic approach, we work to optimize all steps of the patient’s journey.

During treatment, we focus on localized therapies to help reduce side effects, rather than systemic drugs that pass through the entire body. After treatment, we use advanced imaging scans to closely monitor each patient, with the goal of acting quickly should the cancer return.

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas, we deliver the best cancer care available today and push to discover new treatments. NCI designation means we offer patients the ability to participate in the broadest possible range of clinical trials, with access to potential therapies not available at other facilities.

Head and Neck Cancer Program

The Head and Neck Cancer Program at UT Southwestern provides excellent, compassionate care for patients with all stages of head and neck cancer. From a personalized patient experience to cutting-edge treatments, discover what sets us apart.

Services We Provide for Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Our team of head and neck cancer specialists offers individualized care tailored to each patient’s unique situation. Highlights of our program include:

Results: 10 Locations