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Head and Neck Cancer

Treatment of tumors in the head and neck region, including cancers of the lips, mouth, throat, neck, voice box and sinus and nasal cavities.

Our otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) department is consistently ranked as one of the top departments in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We’re nationally recognized in diagnosing and treating sinus cavity and nasal vault cancers. Our treatment of esthesioneuroblastoma, a rare nasal cavity cancer, is world renowned, as are our results with anterior skull-based tumors (tumors that begin in the roof of the nose and extend into the brain).

Advanced Treatment

Our doctors have pioneered innovative surgery techniques that spare the eye in patients with sinus and nasal cancers and remove tumors from complex areas, such as the skull base.

We use surgical procedures that remove tumors while preserving appearance, functionality and quality of life and offer sophisticated reconstructive techniques when needed.

Traditionally, head and neck cancers have been difficult to treat with radiation therapy. But we treat many patients with head and neck cancers using intensity modulated radiation therapy that allows us to deliver precise radiation doses to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue nearby.


The use of tobacco products is the number one cause of head and neck cancers. More than 90% of head and neck cancers can be detected by a simple physical exam, so it is important to see your doctor if you are at risk (i.e. heavy smoker) or if you are experiencing symptoms of head and neck cancer.

Care for Your Child

If your child has to see a cancer specialist, it's important that they visit a doctor who understands the needs of kids. 

At UVA, our doctors are experts in the special kind of care children need. 

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