The Department of Otorhinolaryngology has a research program dedicated to advancing treatment for head and neck cancers. Researchers from head and neck surgery, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, hematology/oncology, immunology and molecular medicine work together to identify and conduct research studies that will most benefit patients.

Read more about head and neck surgery research at Mayo Clinic.

Individualized treatment for cancer

In Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine, researchers and doctors work together to improve cancer care through treatments that are tailored to your unique properties. Individualized medicine means better care because it takes into consideration your own genomic and molecular qualities.

In many cancers, for example, doctors can use genomic testing to understand how a tumor changes and then prescribe drugs that will target those specific changes. In this way, treatment can be tailored to you, so that you receive the right drug at the right dose and time.

Researchers are decoding the cancer genome to aid in diagnosis, determine prognosis and develop new treatments.


See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on throat cancer on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Sept. 13, 2012