Head and Neck Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with cancer of the head or neck, you want expert, comprehensive care. At Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute, our specialists diagnose and treat all types of head and neck cancers.
These types of cancer can also affect your appearance and voice. Our team uses innovative treatments and a customized rehabilitation plan to help you maintain your appearance and function as much as possible.
Head and neck cancer care at AHN
Head and neck cancers are rare, representing about 3 percent of all cancers. At the Cancer Institute, we have extensive experience in treating patients with these cancers. We get a precise diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan for you. You also have access to our robust support services such as support groups, palliative care, and cancer genetics.
Our team has a deep understanding of the latest head and neck cancer treatments. We are committed to personalized care, finding the right treatment for you. Our compassionate team of medical oncologists and surgeons uses the latest research to treat even the most complex cases of cancer. We use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, so your recovery is shorter and more comfortable. At the Cancer Institute, you can find expert cancer care, close to home.
Learn more about why people choose us for head and neck cancer treatment.
Diagnosing head and neck cancer
Our dedicated team of physicians, radiologists, and medical oncologists uses sophisticated techniques to detect and evaluate head and neck cancers. These targeted tools help us make an accurate diagnosis quickly so we can determine a treatment plan that’s right for you. Find out more about diagnosing head and neck cancer.
Head and neck cancer treatment
Our oncologists and surgeons use minimally invasive surgeries and technologies that target the cancer while helping you feel your best. AHN is the only radiation oncology network accredited in western Pennsylvania by the American College of Radiology. This accreditation means that we meet important guidelines for patient safety, quality control, and efficiency of equipment. Get more information on head and neck cancer treatment.
Types of head and neck cancers
Most head and neck cancers develop from malignant tumors found near the base of the skull, eye sockets, throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth. Our experienced team of surgeons is adept at diagnosing head and neck cancer quickly and accurately.
Types of head and neck tumors:
- Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common kind of head and neck cancer. These tumors can grow in the upper digestive tract and the upper airway.
- Salivary tumors start in the salivary glands (the glands that make saliva), located in your mouth and throat.
- Soft tissue cancers of the head and neck, also called sarcomas, are relatively rare cancers. Head and neck sarcomas most often start in the paranasal sinuses and the neck.
- Thyroid tumors: begin in the thyroid, a gland in the front part of the neck. For patients with thyroid cancer, our specialists provide expert, personalized care. Learn more about thyroid cancer treatment.