doctor checking patients glands in neck

Head & Neck Cancer

Cancer can grow in your nose, mouth, throat, voice box, thyroid gland, salivary glands, and skin. Here, head and neck cancer threatens your most important senses. It can damage your physical appearance. These tumors grow in hard-to-reach places. Sometimes they extend into your eyes and brain.

At UVA, we have specialty surgeons to manage these difficult cancers. We offer advanced medicine through clinical trials. And you'll find options that don’t involve cutting into your neck or face. We can use techniques that preserve what you look like. You can keep your ability to see and breathe. We do everything we can to improve your 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 surgeries that spare the eye during operations on sinus and nasal cancers
  • Procedures that take out tumors that extend from the nose to the brain (skull-base tumors)

Reaching Hard-to-Get Cancers

Cancers of the head and neck tend to grow in hard-to-reach places. This has made them hard to kill without hurting the brain. 

That’s why we partner with our radiation oncology team to offer intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). This system allows for precise targeting of radiation. The radiation kills the tumor without hurting healthy tissue.

Surgery with Robots

Cancers at the back of the tongue and throat used to need open surgeries. Surgeons had to make big, painful cuts to access tricky tumors.

Today, we use robotics. This helps us reach these areas without major surgery. We guide tiny robotic arms to take out buried tumors. This results in less pain, faster recovery, and better outcomes.

Tumors We Treat