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Head and Neck Cancers

These tumors can begin anywhere in the head and neck region. Treatment options are based on where a head and neck cancer starts (e.g. tongue vs. throat) because each tumor site responds to treatment type in different ways.

The main two forms of treatment that can cure head and neck cancers are either radiation therapy or surgery. Sometimes, chemotherapy and/or targeted systemic therapy will be used together with radiation therapy to improve the chance that the cancer will not come back or spread to other parts of the body.  The choice of treatment is affected by functional and cosmetic outcome as well as the probability of tumor control.

Types of Head and Neck Cancers We Treat

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Lymphoepithelioma
  • Undifferentiated Carcinoma

Our Approach

Depending on your diagnosis, stage and particular situation, head and neck cancers can be treated with radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy, either alone or in combination with each other.

The physicians at the University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology work very closely with your surgeon and medical oncologist to determine which combination of treatment is best for you. Because of our team’s deep collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, you can be assured that your treatment plan will be highly individualized and based on latest the advances in cancer research.

Please contact us if you are interested in a consultation to discuss the options that best fit you.

I use the latest technological innovations in radiation oncology to design and individualize the optimal treatment for each patient.

- George Laramore, MD, Ph.D., FACR, FASTRO

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Additional information about
head and neck cancers

Radiation Oncologists who specialize in
head and neck cancers

Treatment Options

Open Clinical Trials

NCT01810913

Randomized Phase II/III Trial of Surgery and Postoperative Radiation Delivered with Concurrent Cisplatin versus Docetaxel versus Docetaxel and Cetuximab for High-Risk Squamous Cell Cancer of the Head and Neck

Read More at ClinicalTrials.gov

Treatment Facilities

UW Medical Cyclotron Facility

1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) at South Lake Union

1354 Aloha Street
Seattle, WA 98109

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SCCA Proton Therapy

1570 N 115th Street
Seattle, WA 98133

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University of Washington Medical Center – Radiation Oncology Center

1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

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UW Medicine Northwest Hospital & Medical Center — SCCA Radiation Oncology Services

1570 N 115th Street
Seattle, WA 98133

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VA of Puget Sound Health Care System (Veteran’s Administration)

1660 S Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

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