Cancers of your nose, mouth, throat, voicebox, thyroid gland, salivary glands and skin can threaten your most important senses as well as your physical appearance. These tumors grow in hard-to-reach places, and sometimes they extend into your eyes and brain.
At UVA, we have specialty surgeons to manage these difficult cancers. They collaborate with radiation and chemotherapy doctors to provide the best care. You can also benefit from access to new and more advanced treatments through our clinical trials. And we provide surgical options that don’t involve cutting into your neck or face, using techniques that preserve your appearance, functionality and quality of life.
ENT Expertise in Head & Neck Cancer
Our ENT services rank high on a national level. We’ve also earned global recognition for expertise in:
- Treating a rare nasal cavity cancer (esthesioneuroblastoma)
- Pioneering innovative surgeries that spare the eye area when operating on sinus and nasal cancers
- Procedures that remove tumors that extend from the nose to the brain (skull-base tumors)
Reaching Hard-to-Get Cancers
Cancers of the head and neck have been traditionally difficult to treat with either radiation or surgery, due to their hard-to-reach locations.
That’s why we offer intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). This delivery system allows us to deliver precise radiation doses to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue nearby.
Surgery with Robots
Cancers at the back of the tongue and throat used to require extremely invasive open surgeries.
Today, we have robotic-assisted surgery options. A surgeon can reach these areas without major open surgery, manipulating tiny robotic arms to remove tumors. Patients have less pain and recovery time and better overall outcomes.