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Head and Neck Cancer

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If you'd like to schedule an appointment for a second opinion, call 434.924.9333.


If you need to speak with someone about your appointment, call 434.924.9333.


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If you'd like to make an appointment or get a second opinion, call 434.924.9333.

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Head and Neck Cancer Overview

Treatment of tumors in the head and neck region, including cancers of the lips, mouth, throat, neck, voice box and sinus and nasal cavities.
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Head and Neck Cancer

FREE Head & Neck Cancer Screening

  • UVA Cancer Center head and neck cancer specialists, along with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, are providing free head and neck cancer screenings in April.

    Date: 9 a.m - 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.
    Location: UVA Otolaryngology (ENT) Clinic at 415 Ray C. Hunt Dr. (Free parking near building entrance.)

    Call 434-924-5593 to schedule an appointment.

    If you answer "yes" to any of the questions below, you will qualify for the free screening:

    • Are you a longtime tobacco user?
    • Do you have persistent pain in your throat or ear?
    • Do you have difficulty swallowing, pain on swallowing or trouble moving your tongue?
    • Do you have a sore/ulcer/lump in your mouth that has lasted more than two weeks?
    • Do you have a lump in your neck?
    • Has your voice changed?
Top Head & Neck Specialists
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Innovative Surgical Care

Our otolaryngology – head and neck surgery (ear, nose and throat) department has been ranked as one of the top in the nation and is nationally recognized for diagnosis, treatment and reconstruction of head and neck cancers, including sinus cavity and nasal cancers. Our treatment of esthesioneuroblastoma, a rare nasal cavity cancer, is world renowned, as are our results with other anterior skull-base tumors (tumors that begin in the roof of the nose and extend into the brain).

Advanced Surgical Techniques

  • We use surgical procedures that remove tumors while preserving appearance, functionality and quality of life and offer sophisticated reconstructive techniques when needed. Our doctors have pioneered innovative surgeries that spare intrusion into the eye region in patients with sinus and nasal cancers and remove tumors from complex areas, such as the skull base. We use a sophisticated robot to remove throat tumors through the mouth so patients recover faster than traditional approaches through the neck. We transfer tissue from other parts of the body to rebuild jawbones, throats and tongues that improve speech, swallowing and appearance after surgery.


    UVA Head & Neck Surgeons in the News

    An image of a surgeon or technician looking into a screen to use its sophisticated robots to remove throat tumors.


Non-Surgical Treatment Advances
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Targeted Radiation Therapy

Traditionally, head and neck cancers have been difficult to treat with radiation therapy. But we treat many patients using intensity modulated radiation therapy that allows us to deliver precise radiation doses to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue nearby. We’re also doing innovative research to discover new drug combinations that may reduce the doses of radiation required to cure patients.

Faster Patient Care

  • An image of two members of the head and neck cancer team reviewing a patient case.In addition to offering the latest in surgical and non-surgical approaches to cancer treatment, the Head & Neck Cancer team at UVA provides videoconferencing that allows surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists and other members of the team collaborate with the patient online, reducing the time required to determine a treatment plan from four weeks to two. This makes the treatment process a lot easier for patients as the number of in-person visits as well as travel to and from the clinic are both reduced.



    Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Head & Neck Cancer Support Group

When: Last Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Third Thursday in Nov. and Dec.)
Where: Fontaine Research ParkVirginia Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources Drive, Conference Room #1175
Cost: Free; parking validation provided
Contact: Paula Capobianco, MSW, 434.982.4091