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Center for Head and Neck Cancer

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Penn Medicine’s Center for Head and Neck Cancer is a multidisciplinary, patient-centered collaboration between Penn Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) and other specialties throughout the Abramson Cancer Center. Established in 1991, the Center continues to serve as one of the largest head and neck cancer programs on the east coast.

Our head and neck cancer specialists and clinicians are dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment using an integrated approach to care. Our highly experienced team performs twice as many head and neck cancer procedures than any other hospital in the region. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania/Penn Presbyterian the highest in the region for treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders.

Conditions We Treat

Our specialists are highly trained in treating every type of cancer that affects the head and neck including:

Treatment Team

Our head and neck cancer team works together to create individualized treatment plans that address all aspects of your diagnosis, treatment and personal goals for care.

Our head and neck cancer team is comprised of:

  • Dieticians
  • Endocrinologists
  • Head and neck surgeons
  • Integrative medicine specialists
  • Maxillofacial prosthodontists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Oral medicine physicians
  • Oral/maxillofacial surgeons
  • Otorhinolaryngologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Reconstructive surgeons
  • Speech/language pathologists

Second Opinions

Many people get more than one opinion for their head and neck cancer treatment. We encourage you to gather all the information you need about your disease so you can make informed decisions. It is important to feel comfortable with your providers, as you will need to be monitored for several years.

Clinical Research

The Abramson Cancer Center oversees one of the largest clinical trials programs in the country, with more than 200 trials available at any time. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) named the Abramson Cancer Center as an exceptional comprehensive care center dedicated to creating new models for cancer treatment and prevention with cancer research.

To find a trial, match to a trial or speak with a clinical trials navigator, please visit PennMedicine.org/CancerTrials or call our Clinical Trials Information Service at 855-216-0098.

Nurse Navigation

We have a team of Oncology Navigators to offer you support and guidance at any point throughout your care at Penn Medicine. All navigators have extensive oncology experience and are experts in navigating complex healthcare situations and can assist with issues such as connecting patients to the appropriate providers, facilitating access to information, offering clarity to the plan of care and referring patients and families to supportive services.

Meet the navigators at PennMedicine.org/Abramson/Support.