Head & Neck Cancers
Why Choose Us
All the head and neck cancer services you need in one hospital
Head and neck cancers include tumors of the tongue base, tonsils, salivary glands, nasal cavity, larynx, pharynx, and skull base. While many head and neck cancers are caused by smoking and alcohol abuse, doctors are witnessing an increase in certain cancers due to infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).
At the Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, our head and neck cancer specialists take a team approach to treating your cancer. Their goal is threefold: to destroy your tumor, preserve your appearance and function, and minimize the effects of treatment on your quality of life. The Meyer Cancer Center provides access to every type of treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy.
We also participate in clinical trials to evaluate new approaches to caring for people with head and neck cancers. Researchers are evaluating innovative surgical techniques, screening methods, and targeted therapies, among other areas of exploration. You may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial of a promising new therapy.
Services & Specialties
Comprehensive head & neck cancer care
- Chemotherapy & immunotherapy
- Radiation therapy
Your treatment team
Head and neck cancers often require multiple types of therapy to be treated effectively. Your team includes head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists who customize a plan of therapy that meets your needs, as well as supportive care from dietitians, speech and swallowing therapists, and dental oncologists to ensure you are in the best health possible during and after treatment. Your providers meet regularly to discuss your care and make sure you are receiving the most effective therapies. Our doctors are also on the head and neck cancer care team at Weill Cornell Medicine.
Our Approach to Care
Compassionate care for people with head and neck cancers
We understand that a diagnosis of head and neck cancer can be challenging for you as well as your loved ones. Our nutritionists, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, palliative care experts, and others help you address the effects of cancer and its treatment — physical, emotional, and spiritual. During and after your therapy, our dedicated team of speech and swallowing experts will help you recover from your treatment and return to the best possible function in the shortest possible time.