Head and Neck Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer: Overview
In the video below, Head and Neck Surgeon, Dr. Namou Kim provides and important overview of what to expect with Head and Neck Cancer.
National Institute of Cancer estimates that Head and Neck cancers affect approximately 39,000 individuals in the US annually (3 to 5% of all cancers).
These cancers originate within the structures of the head and neck, including the lips, oral cavity, sinus-nasal cavities, pharynx, larynx, lymph nodes of the neck, salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and the skin of the head and neck region.
Individualized treatment plan may include a combination of surgical, radiation, and chemotherapeutic intervention.
Research and clinical trials
If your physician believes you are a good candidate to participate in a clinical trial evaluating a new treatment or more effective combinations of treatments — and you agree — you will have access to the very latest in research treatments.
At any given time, the Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients more than 140 clinical-research studies involving most types of cancers. Additionally, our physician specialists collaborate with other regional and national research groups, including Southwest Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute, Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Education and support for patients and families
Beyond physical health, the Swedish Cancer Institute is committed to the emotional well-being of our patients and their families. We offer:
- Individual and family counseling, and support groups
- An on-site education center
- A full array of complementary therapies
- A dedicated cancer rehabilitation program
- Specialized nutrition care for those fighting cancer
Complementary therapies include:
Appointments & Referrals
Head & Neck Surgery
Chemotherapy & Biological Therapy
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Attend a free Cancer Class, Event, Support Group
Join the monthly meetings offering information, support and encouragement to newly diagnosed oral and head and neck cancer patients, survivors, family members.
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