Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Options
Treatment options for head and neck cancer include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Many head and neck cancers can be cured with surgery or radiation alone if they are found early.
Surgery for head and neck cancer
Surgery is usually the first treatment for skin, mouth, salivary gland and thyroid cancers.
Depending on your personalized cancer treatment plan, you might have chemotherapy before or after surgery. You might also have radiation therapy for this type of cancer.
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s head and neck surgeons are experts in the latest minimally invasive techniques. We also have experienced plastic surgeons to help with reconstructive surgery if necessary.
Chemotherapy for head and neck cancer
Chemotherapy can be given before or after surgery, sometimes with radiation. In some cases, chemotherapy and radiation are used instead of surgery, especially when this treatment helps preserve the ability to speak or swallow normally. Our head and neck cancer specialists are leading the way in chemotherapy research and treatments and will develop a personalized treatment plan for you.
Radiation therapy for head and neck cancer
Some head and neck cancers are treated with radiation alone. You might also have radiation with chemotherapy or after your surgery. OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has Oregon’s most advanced radiation therapy technology for treating head and neck cancers. We offer a variety of state-of-the-art, precise radiation therapy technologies that can target various types of head and neck cancers.