Head and neck tumors are located in a very prominent and functional space of the human body. We recognize this and when you are treated for a head and neck tumor at UCLA, you receive the undivided focus of a team of physicians and scientists that includes head and neck surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists and plastic surgeons.
They are joined by dentists, nurses, speech pathologists, audiologists, nutritionists, psychologists and social workers with special training in head and neck cancers. Working together, they prepare a customized plan of care just for you. Treatments available may include personalized targeted therapies, as well as innovative, minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Head and neck cancers and their treatment often affect swallowing, speech, hearing and quality of life. We are one of the nation’s leaders in helping patients meet these challenges. Our services include a state-of-the-art swallowing function laboratory, as well as specialized experts to help you regain the ability to speak after treatment for cancer of the voice box and throat.
Specialists in dental oncology and dental prosthetics (known as prosthodontics) provide complete oral and dental examination for patients who need dental care before treatment. They also design and place highly specialized implants, helping to ensure the highest quality of life after surgery.
And at UCLA you are surrounded by the strength of one of the nation’s foremost comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the services needed to treat the whole person – not just the disease.
If you have been diagnosed with head and neck cancer or a benign tumor, we’re here to help.