Center for Head and Neck Oncology


About

With a focus on prevention, early detection and progressive treatment of all stages and types of head and neck cancers, the diagnostic and therapeutic experts at the Center for Head and Neck Oncology — part of North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute and the New York Head and Neck Institute — take an individualized approach to each patient.

There are many challenges that accompany a diagnosis of cancer of the head or neck. In order to address them, the center has developed a culture of coordinated care with experts from a wide range of disciplines who treat the whole patient — from initial evaluation to the therapies and support that recovery from many of these visibly traumatic diseases requires.

The Center for Head and Neck Oncology is one only a handful of head and neck cancer centers in the Northeast and the only dedicated program on Long Island.

Expert care

Patients receive consistent, coordinated care from the center’s distinguished specialists.

Clinicians and researchers actively collaborate on every case to develop personalized treatment options based on the specific characteristics of each patient’s tumor.

Expert Head and Neck Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

The Center for Head and Neck Oncology offers a variety of advanced techniques and innovations to treat complex solid tumors, as well as thyroid and parathyroid cancer and non-cancers.

Following an initial evaluation, the patient leaves the office with treatment recommendations, an all-inclusive plan and personalized educational materials, including contact numbers and appointment times with specific team members. The program’s dedicated nurse navigator provides patients with personal care guidance by coordinating all medical and supportive care appointments from diagnosis through recovery.

The center’s growing clinical repertoire of chemotherapy, radiation and robotic technology enables specialists to deliver increasingly novel treatments. Doctors use advanced techniques including minimally invasive endoscopic skull-base, microlaryngeal and parathyroid surgery in the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the mouth, throat, larynx, nose, sinuses and skull base.

Other program highlights include:

  • Tumor banking program – Storage of samples of blood, tissue and saliva from all head and neck cancers, as well as thyroid and advanced skin cancers, enables research that will ultimately lead to new treatment modalities.
  • Supportive care – The center’s supportive care program offers a dedicated liaison who connects patients with the therapies and support they need to manage issues that develop as a result of their disease and treatment, including swallowing problems, speech problems, pain management, respiratory problems, problems opening the mouth (trismus) and lymphedema (fluid retention).