Head and Neck Cancer

Nebraska Medicine provides a full team of specialists working together to create a treatment plan customized to your needs.

Oral, head and neck cancers can have a major effect on your life, from breathing, speech and swallowing problems to self-esteem issues due to possible disfigurement to the face.

Our oral, head and neck cancer specialists see a variety of cases, including those of the upper aerodigestive tract, salivary glands, thyroid, soft tissues, and invasive skin cancers. The majority of oral, head and neck cancers affect the aerodigestive tract. That includes the lips, mouth, throat, larynx, upper esophagus, nose and paranasal sinuses.

As we take care of your treatment plan, we will also educate you on how to proceed after your diagnosis. Whether you are in need of assistance with healing from procedures or you have questions regarding supplemental nutrition, Nebraska Medicine provides a full-service program with a team brought together for your specific situation. 

This helps each of your doctors and specialists to communicate easily about all pieces of your treatment, ensuring you have the plan that most suits your individual diagnosis.

Types of Cancer

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Oral Cancer

Patient Guides

Why Choose Nebraska Medicine for Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

Expertise

Our oral, head and neck cancer specialists are some of the best in the nation. Because we partner with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, you’ll be seen by some of the same doctors who develop the guidelines for treating oral, head and neck cancers for other doctors around the country.

A Team Approach

To ensure you get the best care possible, treatment for your cancer is discussed by multiple doctors in a weekly conference that includes experts from radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, audiology, dental oncology and plastic and reconstructive surgery to formulate a treatment plan for each individual. The expertise of subspecialists is also incorporated, including plastic and reconstructive surgeons, dental oncologists and prosthodontists, as well as speech and swallowing specialists. Using a comprehensive and personalized plan, our goal is to maintain your ability to function and ultimately get you back to a full life.

An Arsenal of Weapons to Battle Head and Neck Cancers

Our doctors only deploy what makes sense based on your precise diagnosis and personal history. The list of cancer treatments includes radiation, chemotherapy and resection using the most advanced surgical techniques. Patients undergoing cancer treatment at Nebraska Medicine also have access to our 24/7 Infusion Center at the Peggy D. Cowdery Patient Care Center, which serves as both a treatment center and 24/7 urgent-care-type facility. A rare offering in the region.

Help with Depression

Head and neck cancers profoundly affect you and the lives of those around you. It may change your facial appearance as well as the ability to speak and eat. For your family, those painful and lasting transformations can be incredibly difficult to stand by and witness. Depression can become an issue. To help you with this challenge, Nebraska Medicine has done extensive research to determine treatment options for depression because it has a profound effect on whether you complete cancer treatment.

Clinical Trials

Nebraska Medicine can offer you many new therapies and surgical techniques for oral, head and neck cancers before they are available elsewhere through our extensive involvement in research and clinical trials. This gives you early access to some of the most promising and breakthrough therapies, providing you the best possible outcomes.

Addressing Your Personal Care Needs

Addressing a patient’s physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs are important aspects of providing a more complete and holistic approach to care. A host of amenities and supportive services are available to help meet these needs. This includes personal care services such as wigs, wig fittings, prosthetic and bra fittings, yoga, massage therapy, skin care and make-up lessons specifically geared for people with or recovering from cancer are also provided in a private setting.

Cancer Support Services

Finding out that you have cancer can be a very emotional and difficult time. You will likely have many questions and issues to work through. We will be with you every step of the way. Nebraska Medicine offers a host of cancer support services to help you with your physical, emotional, educational and financial needs.

We're Here for you Long After Your Treatment

Our Survivorship Clinic is designed to help you deal with the emotional and physical challenges cancer can leave behind such as fear of recurrence, physical and medical long-term side effects and helping you return to a normal life again. It will also help you transition back into the care of your primary care physician.

Accreditations and Awards

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska Blue Distinction Center+

Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ have a proven history of delivering exceptional care and results. Nebraska Medicine has received Blue Distinction in head and neck cancers and thyroid - medullary or anaplasic melanoma cancers.