Head and Neck Program

There are many different types of benign growths or cancers that can develop in the head and neck region.

Some may start in the lining of the mouth or throat (head and neck cancer). Others start in the thyroid/ parathyroid glands, skin (squamous or basal cell carcinoma, melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma), saliva-producing glands (parotid and other salivary gland tumors), connective tissues and bones of the head and neck (sarcomas), among others.

Conditions treated by head and neck specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center include, but are not limited to:

Head and neck cancer:

Thyroid and parathyroid conditions:

  • Thyroid nodules and parathyroid tumors
  • Disorders of the thyroid or parathyroid glands
  • Papillary and follicular carcinoma
  • Medullary thyroid carcinoma
  • Anaplastic carcinoma
  • More on Thyroid Cancer
  • More on Parathyroid Cancer

Skin cancer:

Tumors or masses of the saliva producing glands:

  • Parotid tumors or masses
  • Submandibular or minor salivary gland tumors or cancers

Sarcoma of the head and neck:

Additional Head and Neck Cancers

  • Cancer in the lymph nodes of the neck
  • Ear and temporal bone tumors or cancers
  • Paragangliomas or glomus tumor
  • Osteoradionecrosis or wounds after prior treatment with radiotherapy or Mohs surgery

Latest Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Options

Depending on the nature of the problem, treatment may involve a team of specialists that include a head and neck surgeon, a radiation or medical oncologist, a plastic surgeon, an endocrinologist, a neurootologist, speech pathologists, audiologists, a physiatrist or social worker, all experienced in caring for the specific needs of our patients.

World-class doctors are here, in surgical, medical and radiation oncology, many of whom have helped define and continue to set the standard of care for head and neck cancer treatment, with a depth of experience in evaluating and treating patients with head and neck cancer because our doctors specialize in this disease.

Why choose Fox Chase Cancer Center for treatment of your head and neck condition?

  • Unique depth in key ancillary services such as social work, nutrition, speech therapy, pain management and rehabilitation medicine as well as patient support groups. All of these are crucial to make head and neck cancer treatment easier and promote recovery.
  • Find a Clinical Trial
    Clinical trials for each stage and type of disease, many of them designed and led by Fox Chase doctors.
  • Access to novel agents, especially targeted therapies such as monoclonal antibodies and signaling inhibitors as well as the latest in radiation treatment techniques.
  • A cancer prevention program doing research on prevention and early detection of head and neck cancer.

Surgical oncologist John A Ridge, MD, PhD
Head and Neck Surgeon
John A Ridge, MD, PhD

Doctors who are part of the head and neck program at the Fox Chase Cancer Center are dedicated to the comprehensive and personalized care of patients with conditions relating to the head or neck.

  • World-class doctors in surgical, medical and radiation oncology, many of whom have helped define and continue to set the standard of care for head and neck cancer treatment.
  • Depth of experience in evaluating and treating patients with head and neck cancer because our doctors specialize in this disease.
  • Doctors who regularly work together and see patients with their colleagues in the same clinic. In some cases, a patient can see multiple specialists in the same clinic visit.

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Michael Kostic considers himself very lucky to be alive. "I was totally devastated," Michael admitted. "My family recommended we go to Fox Chase Cancer Center," said Michael. "It was the best choice we could have made." With the help of all of his head and neck cancer team members, Michael resumed his normal activities.

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