Head and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer

Our team care begins with a multidisciplinary approach to head and neck cancer treatment, so the patient meets with every provider involved in their care in one meeting.

When a patient comes to the Cancer Center, they sit down with every physician that takes part in their care. This patient-centered approach continues throughout their diagnosis and treatment and results in a truly comprehensive and unique experience for the patient.

Head and neck cancers can be found in the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, mouth and salivary glands. The majority of head and neck cancers are a type of cancer called squamous cell carcinomas. Although squamous carcinoma historically have been associated with tobacco use, an increasingly significant number occur in patients without a history of tobacco use.

At Guthrie we treat these cancers using a team approach to care and our skilled team includes fellowship-trained surgeons. Our cancer care begins with a multidisciplinary collaborative evaluation from otolaryngology, oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and oral surgery.

Head and neck cancer treatment at Guthrie offers:

  • Multidisciplinary clinic.
  • FNA biopsy for neck masses.
  • PET/CT imaging for staging and follow up.
  • Comprehensive surgical options for cancer resection.
  • Dedicated inpatient surgical team.
  • Endoscopic surgery for tumors of the larynx and pharynx.
  • Organ preserving surgery for aerodigestive tract tumors.
  • Complex reconstruction options in partnership with our plastics and reconstructive surgery team.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Imaging techniques including high resolution ultrasound, interventional radiology and computed tomographic mapping for stereotactic treatment, and PET for staging and restaging of tumors.
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy.
  • Support Services, including speech, swallowing, nutrition and social rehabilitation.

Our head and neck cancer team will see patients within 24 hours 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.
  • Pain when swallowing.
  • Painful or painless swelling in neck or jaw.
  • Ulceration or other lesions of the mouth or tongue. 

Dr. Phillip Pellitteri - Head and Neck Cancer by Guthrie