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Head & 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.

Learn more about surgery for head and neck cancer

 

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.

Learn more about chemotherapy for head and neck cancer

 

RADIATION 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.

Learn more about radiation therapy for head and neck cancer

make an appointment

503 494-5355

Free Screening Event

Get a free head and neck cancer screening from an OHSU Knight Cancer Institute doctor on April 25.

Event details

we see patients at

Physicians Pavilion
3147 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd.
2nd Floor
Portland, Oregon 97239

Center for Health & Healing
3303 S.W. Bond Ave.
7th Floor
Portland, OR 97239

Kohler Pavilion
808 S.W. Campus Drive
4th Floor
Portland, OR 97239

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