Head and neck cancers represent a wide range of possible tumor sites including the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses and mouth. The majority of head and neck cancers are considered squamous cell carcinomas, tumors that begin in the cells that form the inner lining of the head and neck.
Our team care begins with a multidisciplinary approach to head and neck cancer treatment, a major highlight of our oncology practices and the only one of its kind at Guthrie. When a patient comes to the Head and Neck Cancer center, they sit down with every physician that takes part in their care. This portable and patient-centered service-mindedness continues throughout their diagnosis and treatment and results in a truly comprehensive and unique health plan model.
At Guthrie’s Head and Neck Cancer Center, patients receive an all-access support system with their oncology team, including collaboration from oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, physical therapy and otolaryngology.
Guthrie has experience in advanced head and neck cancer treatment techniques including:
- CT mapping.
- Endoscopic surgery for tumors of the larynx and pharynx.
- Imaging and restaging to determine response.
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy.
- Minimally invasive techniques.
- Organ preserving surgery.
Our head and neck cancer team provides immediate referral for:
- A sore throat that does not heal or a growth in the mouth/tongue that persists.
- Blood in saliva or phlegm for several days.
- Nasal problems such as bloody discharge, obstruction or chronic sinus trouble.
- Pain when swallowing.
- Painless swelling in neck or jaw.
- Persistent headache.