SSMC’s Head and Neck Cancer multidisciplinary team, in partnership with Mayo Clinic, manages patients with a wide range of diseases of the head and neck area, including cancer of the mouth, face, throat, oral cavity/tongue, larynx, neck, salivary glands, face and neck skin, thyroid/parathyroid glands, ear and skull base.

Head and neck tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), and may be caused by alcohol and tobacco use, radiation exposure, viruses such as HPV and EBV or underlying genetic disorders. Our team of North American and European Board Certified experts are dedicated to effectively treat benign and malignant head and neck tumors in a holistic team approach manner while helping patients maintain their quality of life.

Utilizing a collaborative approach to personalized care, our multidisciplinary team works together to deliver trusted and compassionate care using state-of-the-art surgical and medical treatment, including image guided surgery, nerve monitoring and 3D planning of surgical resection, and microvascular reconstruction.


Symptoms

  • Any ulcer in the mouth or throat that has not healed after 3 weeks
  • Any swelling of the face or neck that has not subsided after 3 weeks
  • A change of voice for over 2 weeks
  • Any lump in the skin of the face or neck
  • Hoarseness, other voice changes
  • Choking sensation
  • Speech difficulty
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty swallowing and breathing
  • Bleeding from the mouth, throat, nose, and ears
  • Sudden deafness
  • Throat pain

Diagnosis

Early and accurate diagnosis of head and neck cancer is crucial for effective management as it can quickly spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body. In addition to a series of diagnostic tests, a thorough physical exam is conducted by an expert multidisciplinary team to identify symptoms. These may include:

  • Nasal endoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • PET scan biopsy
  • Angiography

Treatment

Treatment often depends on the type, location and stage of the tumor, as well as the age and overall health of the patient. Our expert physicians offer personalized treatment plans catered to the individual needs of the patient. In many instances, benign tumors may require surgical removal, while malignant tumors may require surgical excision, reconstructive surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, and radiation therapy.

Exercising SSMC’s Model of Care, we put the patient at the heart of our work, offering world-leading management of all head and neck cancers.


Unique cases

  • Advanced cancers of the mouth, jaws, face, neck, salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Complex head and neck reconstructive cases utilizing microvascular techniques
  • Skull base-sinonasal tumors
  • Complex thyroid cancers and goiters
  • Recurrent and advanced cancers of all types
  • Ear and lateral skull base tumors

Consultants & Specialists