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Head and Neck Cancer Program

If you have been diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck, you are not alone. Our team treats more than 300 patients from across Michigan, the United States and Canada each year using advanced, effective treatment and surgical options.

Our cancer team is available 24/7 to answer your questions. We know getting answers fast is important. Call us at (888) 777-4167
  • We understand you may be hesitant to come in for a visit. As part of our commitment to provide the safest, most advanced care, we offer virtual care options to get you the head and neck cancer treatment you need.
We are experts in diagnosing and treating the full range of head and neck cancers, including: 

Why choose Henry Ford?

At the Henry Ford, our specialists focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating head and neck cancers, giving a depth of expertise that’s unparalleled in the region. We understand the challenges of head and neck cancer diagnosis and treatment, and design a plan tailored to your needs.

  • Highly Qualified Physicians
  • Leading-Edge Treatments
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rehabilitation & Therapy
All of our head and neck cancer physicians are board certified, and our surgeons are fellowship trained in head and neck surgery. Our radiation oncologists focus exclusively on treating patients with head and neck cancers — a skill not found at most centers.

Our tumor board is a group of about 15 head and neck cancer experts who, together, review your case and develop your individualized treatment plan. Our tumor board includes experts in surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, speech language pathology, dentistry, nutrition, social work/behavioral health and reconstructive surgery.

We use the most advanced techniques to fight your head and neck cancer. Our specialists are pioneers in treating head and neck cancers with minimally invasive surgeries such as:

We also offer advanced radiation oncology, and individualized drug hormone therapy and chemotherapy to target the cancer and minimize cancer-related symptoms.

Because we are a leader in the field of cancer research, patients often have access to cutting-edge clinical trials for new head and neck cancer treatments. You and your doctor can discuss the possible benefits of a clinical trial for your care.

If you need surgery as part of your treatment plan, you may be worried about how it might affect your appearance or ability to swallow or talk. We offer reconstructive surgery in sub-specialties including ear surgeons and neurosurgeons with the goal of returning patients to their normal, daily lives.
We are among very few hospitals that have a dedicated behavioral health psychologist who supports patients who have depression or other issues due to their diagnosis or treatment. We also employ specialized speech-language pathologists who provides swallowing and speech therapy after treatment.

Head and neck cancer support services

We pride ourselves on providing extensive support to head and neck cancer patients. Some of the support services  we provide include:

  • Pre- and post-treatment clinics to ensure you are supported in all aspects of care
  • Dedicated nurse navigators to arrange your care and answer questions
  • Help when you transition home from the hospital
  • On-site living arrangements for out-of-town patients who need to stay for treatment
  • Our dedicated Head & Neck Cancer Support Group 
  • Our patient advisory council, which brings together patients and caregivers who have managed head or neck cancer treatment
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Our new cancer pavilion is a global destination site for cancer treatment, precision medicine, clinical trials, and cancer support services. We designed the building with input from cancer patients, ensuring they have the care and support they need at each step of their cancer journey.

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