Head and Neck Cancer Care

Rush’s head and neck cancer specialists combine innovative techniques with personalized, compassionate care for the best outcomes and quality of life.

Rush’s head and neck cancer specialists combine innovative techniques with personalized, compassionate care for the best outcomes and quality of life.

Rush’s head and neck cancer specialists combine innovative techniques with personalized, compassionate care for the best outcomes and quality of life.

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Among the Best in the U.S. for Cancer Care

U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center among the best in the nation for cancer care.

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The Rush Approach to Head and Neck Cancer

At Rush, we know that head and neck cancers can be frightening and that you have many questions. Our nationally recognized team of experts treat you as a whole person, not just your disease.

We offer the most advanced treatment options, including radiation therapy, immunotherapy for metastatic head and neck cancer and minimally invasive procedures to treat your tumor while preserving your appearance, and your ability to breathe, speak and swallow, as much as possible.

You'll have a team of experts dedicated to treating your cancer, while also focusing on your quality of life. Your team may include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, head and neck surgeons, plastic surgeons, speech therapists, nutritionists and others. They'll all work together to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you recover faster and look and feel better.

Head and Neck Cancer Care Providers at Rush

Rush has head and neck cancer care providers in Chicago, Oak Park, Oak Brook and Aurora/Fox Valley.

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Rush Excellence in Head and Neck Cancer Care

  • A multidisciplinary team focused on you: We bring together a team of experts — head and neck surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and plastic surgeons — to review your case and discuss your treatment goals. Using their collective expertise, they will develop a personalized care plan that focuses on ensuring the best possible outcome for you and maintaining your quality of life.
  • Innovative radiation therapy: Many head and neck cancers can be treated with innovative radiation therapy. This can be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy (known as chemoradiation) and/or surgery. Our experienced radiation oncology team offers the most advanced radiation treatments, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) — which allows your team to target cancer cells while avoiding healthy cells and tissue. You may also receive radiation therapy to help ease side effects of head and neck cancers and cancer treatments like dry mouth, difficulty swallowing and inflammation.
  • Advanced immunotherapies: Rush offers the most advanced immunotherapies for head and neck cancers, including recurrent and metastatic head and neck cancers. 
  • Pioneering research and innovative treatments: The Rush head and neck cancer specialists are national leaders in research and clinical trials aimed at improving treatment, including minimally invasive procedures — such as transoral robotic surgery (TORS) and photoimmunotherapy (PIT) — whenever possible to optimize outcomes and promote quicker recovery and reduced scarring. Head and neck cancer surgeons at Rush have specialized training and years of experience with TORS and Rush is one of the leading TORS centers in the Midwest.
  • Personalized medicine: Through our partnership with Tempus, a biotechnology company, we can use the data from your genetic makeup and how your tumor grows to create a targeted plan to prevent, screen and treat head and neck cancers.
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery: Rush's enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) approach helps you prepare for and recover from head and neck cancer surgery. This approach allows you to recover faster, have a shorter hospital stay and avoid opioid medications for pain management. In fact, the use of opioids has decreased by 70% since we've instituted ERAS for our head and neck cancer patients. At the same time, our patients have reported experiencing less pain as well.

Clinical Trials

Researchers at Rush are investigating new head and neck cancer treatments.

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I'm doing great. I don't know how the whole thing could have gone any better. Everyone I talked to at Rush was compassionate, competent, careful and caring — I'm just really impressed with the people at all levels.

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Head and Neck Cancer Care Locations

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Chicago

Rush Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

1611 W Harrison St
Orthopedic Building - Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60612

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Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Rush South Loop

1411 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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Hours:

Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (only for MRI)
Sun: Closed
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Rush University Cancer Center

1725 W Harrison St
Professional Building - Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60612

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Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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University Radiation Medicine

500 S Paulina St
Woman's Board Center for Radiation Therapy - Suite 013
Chicago, IL 60612

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Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Aurora/Fox Valley

Rush Copley Cancer Care Center

Rush Copley Oncology, a Department of Rush Copley Medical Center Aurora

2000 Ogden Ave
Aurora, IL 60504

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Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Oak Brook

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Rush Oak Brook

2011 York Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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Mon – Thu: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Every first and third Saturday; for MRI, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. every Saturday)
Sun: Closed
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Oak Park

Rush Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery - Oak Park

610 S Maple Ave
Rush Medical Office Building - Suite 3700
Oak Park, IL 60304

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Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Rush Cancer Care in Oak Park

610 S Maple Ave
Rush Medical Office Building - Suites 5400, 2100
Oak Park, IL 60304

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Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed
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Rush Medical Office Building

610 S Maple Ave
Rush Medical Office Building
Oak Park, IL 60304

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