Head & Neck Cancers Overview
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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is the Northwest’s leader in head and neck cancer care and is one of the top five cancer centers in the nation. Doctors from UW Medicine and Fred Hutch—two of SCCA’s founding organizations—are developing new cancer treatments every day. Our goal is to cure your disease and at the same time minimize any side effects you might experience from therapy.

State-of-the-Art Diagnosis and Treatment

As an SCCA patient, you will receive state-of-the-art diagnostic tests, like pharyngoscopy, nasopharyngoscopy, laryngoscopy, and positron emission tomography (PET) scans, depending on your needs, and you’ll have access to the latest treatments for your specific type of cancer.

Many head and neck cancers are curable. Today, people facing head and neck cancers have more options for treatment than ever before. Your team of doctors may include a surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist. They will design a treatment plan to get you the best results.

New Options Through Clinical Studies

SCCA was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. This means more treatment options at SCCA than you might find elsewhere, like the chance to participate in one of many ongoing clinical studies conducted at SCCA, UW Medicine, and Fred Hutch.

Complete Care

When your treatment is complete, we’ll provide comprehensive follow-up care—including visits with the same team who treated your cancer. Our patients say it’s reassuring to see the same team when they come for their follow-up visits. And when you’ve completed treatment, SCCA’s Survivorship Clinic is available to you. The team there will create an individualized Survivorship Care Plan to help you deal with or overcome any short-term or long-term effects from your cancer and treatment.

Make an Appointment

Make an appointment to be seen at SCCA if:

  • You have recently been diagnosed with a head or neck cancer, such as laryngeal, nasopharyngeal, paranasal, oral, or salivary gland cancer.
  • You would like a second opinion about your diagnosis or treatment options from one of our expert doctors.
  • You have had a recent recurrence of a previously treated head or neck cancer.
  • You are interested in enrolling in a clinical study at SCCA.