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Head and Neck Cancer Services

Head and neck cancers, including skull base tumors and oral cancer, represent a small percentage of all cancers in the United States. The team of physicians at Rush who treat these cancers has specialized training and experience with these rare tumors.

Rush offers a wide range of treatment options, including minimally invasive surgery for hard-to-reach tumors. Nonsurgical treatment plans — which combine chemotherapy with targeted radiation therapies — are often the best approach for even advanced or difficult-to-treat cancers.

Patients can receive care through the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Head and Neck Cancer Clinic. In addition to head and neck cancer specialists, the center also has speech and language therapists to help patients with problems swallowing or talking, and a dietitian to offer nutritional support.

While still considered rare, head and neck cancers are striking younger men at a higher and more rapid rate. Learn why. 

Many oral (mouth and throat) cancers can be prevented with sensible self-care and healthy lifestyle choices.

Photoimmunotherapy is new cancer therapy that combines the immune system’s molecular level precision with the physical energy of light to provide a new option for head and neck cancer patients.