Head and neck cancers are a group of diseases involving abnormal, uncontrolled cell growth in head and neck tissues. These include the larynx, pharynx, salivary (parotid) glands, oral and nasal cavity, and paranasal sinuses.
This year, over 68,000 people will develop a type of head and neck cancer. More men than women are diagnosed with oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers.
Precise head and neck cancer tests are crucial for treatment planning, and City of Hope is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and specialized staff to ensure an accurate, comprehensive diagnosis of head and neck cancer.
Head and neck cancers are particularly unique and complex, requiring a personalized treatment plan for optimal clinical, quality-of-life and cosmetic outcomes. At City of Hope, our multidisciplinary team of medical experts across different fields — including surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology and supportive care medicine — will review your individual case and determine the best course of therapy.
At City of Hope, head and neck cancer clinicians and researchers collaborate extensively to develop and evaluate new therapies for better survival and quality of life post-treatment. Our patients have access to a wide variety of clinical trials, including new chemotherapy and targeted therapies, novel surgical techniques, innovative radiation approaches and new prevention strategies.
When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your loved ones take each step during and after your head and neck cancer treatment.
Innovative, minimally invasive surgical approaches that reduce discomfort, blood loss and recovery time
TORS (transoral robotic surgery) and TLM (transoral laser microsurgery) using orally inserted therapy tools, eliminating the need for external incisions, scarring and other complications
Plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures that can restore appearance and function often performed in the same operation as the cancer removal surgery
Highly precise radiation delivery that uses advanced imaging technology to guide radiation dose and focus, increasing its cancer-fighting effectiveness while minimizing exposure in normal tissues
Individually customized chemotherapy, immune therapy and targeted therapy regimens
Comprehensive rehabilitation program to help restore normal functions (eating, speaking, swallowing) after treatment
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts, who will help you and your caregivers achieve and maintain a better quality of life during and after your cancer treatment.
City of Hope is a nationally recognized leader in the research and treatment of head and neck cancers. For over a decade, U.S. News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in America.
Our physicians have been consistently named "America's Top Doctors" by Castle Connolly and are active participants in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which sets evidence-based best practices for detecting, evaluating and treating head and neck cancers nationwide.
City of Hope is one of the few facilities designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery; Head and Neck Surgeon
Duarte - Main Campus
Robert Kang, M.D., brings his highly skilled expertise in advanced facial reconstructive and microvascular procedures to patients with complex and challenging head and neck cancers at City of Hope's comprehensive cancer center.
Erminia Massarelli, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., is the co-director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program, and an associate professor in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research at City of Hope. She specializes in lung and head and neck cancers.