Treatment

Here is Premier Health’s commitment to your patients with head and neck cancer.

Once our head and neck cancer team has all the diagnostic information we need, we will harness the collective power of a multidisciplinary team to thoughtfully design your treatment plan.

Head and neck cancer treatment goals vary, from controlling or curing your cancer to improving quality of life through symptom management. Treatment goals will drive our discussions with you in recommending one or more of the following:

  • Removal of primary (main) cancer tumor or other tumors
  • Killing or stopping the growth or spread of cancer cells
  • Prevention or delay of your cancer's return
  • Symptom management, such as pain or pressure in nearby tissue

These factors also influence treatment recommendations:

  • Type, size, stage and location of your cancer
  • Lab test results
  • Your age, medical history and overall health
  • Your personal concerns and preferences

How We Treat Head and Neck Cancer

Your customized treatment plan will leverage our diverse cancer-fighting tools and technologies, sometimes combining both surgical and medical therapies. Your treatment may involve one or more of the following:

When treatments no longer are effective against the cancer, Premier Health offers palliative care to help improve the quality of life and ease the symptoms of cancer.

Your Head and Neck Cancer Care Team

You’ll benefit from a multidisciplinary care team that partners with you every step of the way. Besides treating your cancer, we also focus on preserving and restoring your speech, taste, and swallowing function, as well as your overall physical appearance and quality of life.

Our fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons, many of whom are trained in minimally invasive techniques, co-manage your treatment for high quality care and safety. We meet regularly as a group to share opinions on your diagnosis, treatment plan, and treatment progress, adjusting your care as needed.

Our comprehensive team includes:

A nurse navigator will be your primary point of contact, throughout diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, easing your cancer journey by guiding and linking you to additional services and education.

Contact Us

Premier Health offers an extensive network of experienced cancer specialists, close to home, who welcome your referrals. Find a cancer specialist best suited to your patient’s unique needs.

Our cancer specialists have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, since Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center.