Head and Neck Cancer

Each year, more than 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, a disease that can affect the appearance of the face and neck, speech, sight, smell, chewing, swallowing and taste.

At UCSF Medical Center, we treat all forms of head and neck cancers including those of the larynx, oral cavity, salivary glands, sinuses and thyroid gland as well as throat, tongue and tonsil. We also treat the typically benign tumors of the pituitary gland.

Our head and neck team combines surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy to increase the rate of patient survival and to preserve vital functions such as speech and swallowing. Our special services include comprehensive voice rehabilitation and prevention programs.