Head and Neck Cancers

The Head and Neck Oncology program provides comprehensive clinical care to patients with malignant tumors of the head and neck. 

Our patient care team includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, dental medicine specialists, a speech and swallowing disorders specialist, and a nurse specialist in head and neck oncology.

Head and Neck Masses Treated at UC San Diego Health System

  • Vocal cord cancer
  • Tongue cancer
  • Nasopharynx cancer
  • Thyroid and parathyroid cancer
  • Benign thyroid and parathyroid nodules
  • Cheek cancer
  • Tonsil cancer
  • Lip cancer
  • Oral cancer (including from HPV 16)
  • Esophageal Cancer 
  • Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Metastasized cancer with an unknown primary
  • Recurrent head and neck cancer
  • Nose cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Skull base tumors  

Personalized Cancer Care

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Moores Cancer Center now uses genetic testing to analyze tumors and tailor cancer treatments to individual patients.

See Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy.

Working together for you

All patient cases are presented at a multidisciplinary tumor board comprised of the patient care team, as well as radiologists and pathologists. We provide state-of-the-art treatment options, including advanced surgical and reconstructive techniques. In addition to standard radiation therapy, conformal radiotherapy, gamma knife, and stereotactic radiotherapy are also used when appropriate. 

Research and clinical trials

Head and Neck Oncology participates in innovative clinical trials investigating new technologies and treatments.  As a subsite of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group — a national research organization funded by the National Cancer Institute — we are also involved in radiation therapy research. Read more.


For more information or to make an appointment:

Moores Cancer Center 

Contact Head and Neck Oncology

Appointments: 866-773-2703

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