Head & Neck Cancer

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Head and Neck Cancer: Overview

In the video below, Head and Neck Surgeon, Dr. Namou Kim provides an 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.

  • Surgery
    Our surgical team within the Head and Neck Cancer program will utilize state-of-the-art techniques to extirpate cancers while maximizing function preservation.This includes microvascular surgical techniques, utilizing free flaps to enhance reconstructive capacities after cancer ablation. Our surgeons also offer modern transoral laser microsurgery for oral cavity, pharyngeal, and laryngeal cancers. This new minimally invasive technique for select cancers has the benefit of improved preservation of speech and swallowing after cancer treatment.
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

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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:

Complementary therapies include:

See Patient Support and Resources and Services for the Body, Mind and Spirit at Swedish.

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