UCLA Head and Neck Cancer Services


At UCLA, patients with head and neck cancer are treated by the Head and Neck Oncology Program. Over 300 patients with head and neck cancer are seen each year at UCLA. Physicians from multiple specialties personalize treatment strategies for each patient, especially those with complex problems.

The Head and Neck Oncology Program has sustained a national reputation throughout the 20 years since its inception, particularly with regard to partial laryngeal surgery and mandible-sparing procedures for oral cavity tumors. Division of Head and Neck Surgery team members offer interdisciplinary specialization in head and neck oncology, reconstructive surgery and laser surgery as well laryngeal physiology and speech therapy. Neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, maxillofacial experts, and radiation oncologists are incorporated into care, as indicated.

Patients referred to the program usually have prima facie evidence of a tumor, either through biopsy or x-ray. The initial consultation involves a complete voice evaluation by a head and neck surgeon, including additional diagnostic procedures such as fine needle aspiration, some open biopsies, CT scans, and MRI studies. Many patients are geographically distant from UCLA and special arrangements can be made to optimize the patient's time at UCLA. Program staff provide consultative services, as well as consultation and treatment, depending on the nature of the referral and the preferences of the referring physician and the patient. Referring physicians receive detailed written reports on clinical findings and treatment recommendations.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies in which cancer patients help doctors and scientists find ways to improve health and cancer care, and to make sure the treatments are safe and effective. Each study is designed to address and answer specific scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. A clinical trial is one of the final stages resulting from the research conducted during intensive and lengthy laboratory studies.

If you are interested in finding out more about these studies, visit our Enroll in a Clinical Trial section for general information and a listing of currently open clinical trials.

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