Head and Neck Cancers

Head and Neck Cancers

Benign and Cancerous Tumors of the Ears, Nose, Mouth, and Throat

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Head and neck cancers can affect your appearance as well as your ability to breathe, hear, see, smell, eat, and talk. Duke’s head and neck experts include a variety of specialists trained to work in the hard-to-reach confines of the head and neck. We work together to provide prompt, effective treatment that minimizes the impact of your type of head and neck cancer on surrounding healthy areas. Our goal is to maintain your appearance and function so you can return to the activities you enjoy. 

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Duke Head and Neck Cancer Specialists

Your team of head and neck experts may include the following specialists:

Surgeons with Advanced Training in Their Specialties
Otolaryngologists, neurosurgeons, oral surgeons, dentists, and reconstructive plastic surgeons use advanced surgical techniques, including laser and robotic surgery, to restore your function and preserve your appearance.

Medical and Radiation Oncologists
Oversee chemotherapy and targeted radiation therapy when it is part of your treatment plan.

Speech Pathologists, Voice Therapists, and Occupational Therapists
May help you maintain or regain your ability to talk, eat, swallow, and perform other functions important to daily living.

Social Workers, Psychologists, and Palliative Care Experts
Help you cope with the emotional and psychological effects often associated with cancer.

Physical Therapists and Cancer Nutritionists
Help you maintain your strength and stamina through exercise and good eating habits.

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Why Choose Duke

Personalized Treatment Recommendations
Our recommendations are tailored to the stage and type of your cancer. Our individualized approach to your treatment also involves minimizing the many different functional and cosmetic concerns that can be associated with head and neck cancers. We are constantly evaluating the latest research to determine the best treatment recommendations for your care.

Access to Clinical Trials
You may have access to new therapies through our ongoing clinical trials.

Minimally Invasive Procedures Help You Return Home Sooner and Heal Faster
Removing tumors through minimally invasive procedures and robotically assisted surgery requires smaller incisions, which can reduce scarring associated with some head and neck cancer surgeries. Minimally invasive procedures also help you return home sooner and heal faster than traditional open surgeries.

Your Convenience is Important
We try to make your treatment plan as convenient as possible by coordinating your appointments with the different specialists involved in your care. In addition, our Durham- and Raleigh-based clinics make it possible for you to see a head and neck cancer specialist close to where you work or live.

Among the Best Cancer Hospitals in U.S.
Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital's cancer program is ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.