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Head and Neck Cancer

While uncommon, cancers of the head and neck can affect some of our most important functions - eating, speaking and breathing.

Most head and neck cancers begin in the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and throat. They can also develop in the sinuses and nose, on the lips, in the salivary glands and in the lymph nodes in the upper part of the neck.

Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers provide advanced treatment for patients with throat, head and neck cancer.

Affiliated physicians, specially trained staff and nurses offer leading cancer care personalized to meet the specific needs of each patient with:

Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer in Houston

The Memorial Hermann and UT Health oral, head and neck cancer program includes screening symptoms, diagnostics, therapeutic intervention, treatment, supportive care team orientation and survivorship.

Coordinated care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of specialists in these areas:

  • Neck cancer surgery
  • Neck plastic surgery
  • Radiation oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Advanced practice cancer nurses
  • Oncology nurse navigators
  • Oncology dietitians
  • Speech pathology
  • Pre-habilitation
  • Rehabilitation therapy

Surgery is performed at Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center. Follow-up radiation and medical oncology therapies are provided close to home in one of six Memorial Hermann locations: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, Texas Medical Center and The Woodlands.

    Diagnosis and Staging of Head and Neck Cancer in Houston

    After head and neck cancer has been diagnosed, tests are run to find out if cancer cells have spread within the area or to other parts of the body. Some of the tests used to diagnose lung cancer are also used to stage the disease, including MRI, CT scan and PET scan.

    Oral Complications of Chemotherapy and Head/Neck Radiation 

    Medical problems in the mouth are common in patients who receive chemotherapy or undergo radiation therapy to the head and neck.

    Because the oral cavity is at high risk of side effects, patients receiving chemotherapy to the head and neck should have their care planned by a team of doctors and specialists.

    Houston Clinical Trials and Research for Head and Neck Cancer

    Patients who qualify for innovative treatments and technologies early in their development and testing phases, and soon after being approved by the Food & Drug Administration, have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of treatments that would not otherwise be available to them. Search for a research study or clinical trial.