Head and Neck Cancers
Expert Care for Head and Neck CancerThe treatment of head and neck cancers often requires more than one approach.
Our team of experts will customize your treatment, offering transoral robotic surgery and a range of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and support services.
We create a plan based on the latest findings of medical research, and your personal needs and preferences. We also offer a large clinical trials program, featuring innovative approaches if standard treatments fail.
Types of Head and Neck Cancer We Treat
Our team is highly experienced in treating the full range of head and neck cancers, including:
- Advanced skin cancers of the head and neck region
- Oral, typically in cells that cover surfaces of your lips, tongue and mouth
- Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity, in the sinus area inside and surrounding your nose
- Salivary gland, located under your ears, on the floor of your mouth and near your jawbone
- Throat (pharyngeal and oropharyngeal), starting behind your nose and ending where the windpipe (trachea) and esophagus begin
- Thyroid, in the gland at the base of your throat that makes hormones that control your heart rate, blood pressure, temperature and weight
- Voice box (laryngeal), contains the vocal cords and epiglottis, tissue that prevents food from entering your air passages
A Team Working for You
Our priority is to cure your cancer while preserving your function and quality of life. Your team includes board-certified head and neck cancer surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, dentists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers and more who understand the impact that head and neck cancers have on your well-being and quality of life.
Speech and swallowing therapists help you recover from cancer and the side effects of treatment and surgery. Registered dietitians work with you to ensure you are getting enough nutrition to support your health during and after cancer therapy.
“When I learned I needed surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on my tongue, I was afraid I’d lose part of my tongue and my ability to speak. But that didn’t happen, and thanks to noninvasive robotic surgery, I received a second life. I want everyone to know what a great job the team at Hackensack did. I could not have asked for anything better.” - John Longo
Clinical Trials for Head and Neck Cancer
John Theurer Cancer Center conducts more clinical trials than any other cancer center in New Jersey. Important studies of head and neck cancer treatments lead to more targeted therapies, better patient outcomes and improved quality of life.
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health
Our head/neck surgeons are certified to perform transoral robotic surgery (TORS). Our Robotic Center of Excellence is one of the largest robotic surgery programs, with the highest volume of minimally invasive cancer procedures in New Jersey.
Quality of Life
Our goal is to cure your head or neck cancer with special attention to your appearance, ability to talk and eat, and your quality of life. We don’t just care for you, but about you. In fact, 99 percent of our patients report satisfaction with their care in Press-Ganey surveys.
We offer a number of convenient John Theurer Cancer Center affiliate locations across the state so you have access to great care, close to home. Clinicians at our affiliated cancer programs collaborate closely with John Theurer Cancer Center and NCI Designated physicians, ensuring access to the best treatment options from the comfort of your neighborhood.
Our Research and Clinical Trials
At Hackensack Meridian Health, you may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial of new and exciting approaches to stem cell transplant. Our research has a strong focus on reducing the complications of transplant and also lowering the risk of disease recurrence. We are the first in the world to combine checkpoint inhibitors (drugs that inhibit the proteins cancer cells use to evade detection by the immune system) after transplantation, at a time when the immune system has the best opportunity to eliminate any remaining cancer cells.