Head and neck cancer care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic experts offer compassionate, whole-person care to those with head and neck cancers, including those with:

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists (otorhinolaryngologists) work with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons to form a multidisciplinary team that provides whole-person care for people with head and neck cancers. Other professionals are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest diagnostic and treatment options. Examples include:

  • Minimally invasive operations, such as transoral robotic surgery and transoral laser microsurgery
  • Complex reconstructive surgeries, such as free tissue transfer or free flaps, to restore function
  • Advanced radiation therapy techniques, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and proton therapy
  • Advanced drug therapy options, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted drug therapy

Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatments offered to people with head and neck cancers include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and targeted drug therapy, as well as other treatments, including experimental therapies.

At Mayo Clinic, your cancer treatment includes a personalized rehabilitation plan to help promote recovery and improve quality of life. Rehabilitation requires the expertise of a team of rehabilitation medicine specialists, such as dentists, prosthodontists, nurses, speech pathologists and physical therapists.

Mayo Clinic doctors also provide palliative care, which focuses on providing relief from pain and other symptoms caused by cancer or cancer treatment. At Mayo Clinic, palliative care specialists work with you, your family and your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support that complements your ongoing care.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating head and neck cancers. Your care team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating head and neck cancers, including very rare types.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Sept. 20, 2016
References
  1. AskMayoExpert. Head and neck cancers. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2015.
  2. Head and neck cancers. Fort Washington, Pa.: National Comprehensive Cancer Network. http://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp. Accessed May 25, 2016.