Head & neck cancer

Ear Nose Throat specialty national ranking badgeIf you’ve been diagnosed with any form of head and neck cancer, the UK Markey Cancer Center is here to help. We offer leading-edge treatments and clinical trials only available at premier cancer centers, all personalized to your specific needs.  

We specialize in the treatment of benign (noncancerous) and malignant tumors of the lips, mouth, tongue, esophagus, larynx (voice box), and pharynx (between the larynx and esophagus). Our team includes specialized nurses and researchers working to develop the very latest treatments.

We also have a dedicated thyroid cancer team that specializes in treating patients with benign or malignant tumors of the parathyroid and adrenal glands.

Treatment options include thyroid and parathyroid surgery, microvascular reconstruction, cutaneous malignancy and laser surgery. Radiation therapy, often combined with chemotherapy, is also frequently used to treat these cancers. The goal of this therapy is to treat the cancer while minimizing side effects. 

Visit the homepages for specific head and neck cancers below, where you can find details such as diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship information for each.

Why choose UK Markey Cancer Center for head and neck cancer care?

Using state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge medical and surgical interventions, the Head and Neck Cancer team provides advanced and timely diagnosis and individualized, ongoing care for patients. Each patient is cared for by a team of specialists who meet regularly to discuss individual patient cases and treatment plans. This multidisciplinary team will work with you and your doctor to coordinate a care plan designed to offer the best outcomes.

Markey has provided state-of-the-art cancer care for more than 30 years, and we are proud to be the only cancer center in Kentucky designated by the National Cancer Institute. Since 2017, Markey Cancer Center has been nationally recognized as a top 50 cancer center by U.S. News & World Report.

NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - A Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Markey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center – a distinction that recognizes our commitment to accelerating precision cancer research and care to patients. We are the first and only NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky, and one of 57 in the nation.