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Treating Head and Neck Cancer

Treating head and neck cancer requires extraordinary skill and experience to achieve the best possible outcome. The team at the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has a remarkable depth of expertise and is one of only few programs in the Midwest dedicated to treating patients affected by head and neck cancer. We make every effort to ensure that the details of each patient's cancer, medical conditions and social background are considered by the team of physicians and staff to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that fully meets the needs of the patient and the family.


Specialty Care Areas

Larynx Cancer

Expertise in management of early and advanced laryngeal cancers providing high outcomes

Nasal and Sinus Cancer

Expertise in focused radiation therapy techniques for head and neck cancers and minimally surgery for nasal, sinus and skull base tumors

Oral Cancer

Experts in the management of oral cancers, and advanced reconstructive surgery to restore appearance and function

Salivary Gland Cancer

Comprehensive, compassionate care in modern, patient-centered facility specializing in the treatment of salivary gland cancer

Throat Cancer

Access to leading-edge treatments, novel therapies, with nationally recognized surgeons utilizing minimally invasive techniques and robotic surgery

Thyroid Cancer

Experts in the management of thyroid cancers with on-site ultrasound-guided biopsy, and access to the most advanced treatments

Tongue Cancer

Advanced care from a multidisciplinary team specializing in management and care of patients with tongue cancers

Why Choose Northwestern Medicine

The Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital focuses on providing the most comprehensive care for our patients, bringing together experts across an array of medical disciplines. Our diverse team of oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuro-radiologists, reconstructive surgeons have extensive training.

Together, they collaborate to deliver leading-edge care while utilizing the benefits of minimally invasive techniques, recent advances in drug therapy, proton therapy, robotic surgery, and advanced reconstructive surgery methods to maximize the likelihood of a cure while still preserving a high quality of life for our patients.

Recognized Experts

Working in partnership with Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked No. 1 in the Chicago Metro Area and Illinois by U.S. News & World Report. With innovative research and education, our clinical experts deliver personalized care that set us apart as a national leader in the battle to overcome cancer.

Advanced Treatments Providing Better Outcomes

northwestern-medicine-x-rayOur team members specialize in minimally invasive surgery, robotic and reconstructive surgery, radiation techniques including image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, proton therapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery, all of which are designed to attack cancer while minimizing damage to healthy tissues.

When treatment of cancer demands more extensive surgery, our experts in reconstructive surgery can use advanced microvascular techniques and computerized virtual surgical planning to achieve the best cosmetic and functional outcomes.


    Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    Nationally recognized in Cancer (No. 9)

    "Obviously the facilities are so modern and the accommodations so accommodating, but really the most amazing thing I felt from the get-go was the amount of care and hospitality and love. I felt taken care of from the minute I walked in.”

    Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program
    Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program

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    Referring Physicians

    Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating head and neck cancer. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Clinic.

    Phone: 312.695.4101
    Fax: 312.695.6298

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