Head and neck cancers

Head and neck cancers overview

You are at the center of everything we do at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Here, we surround you with a team of specialists in the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Care Clinic who work together closely to provide expertly targeted, complete care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.

Head and neck cancers can be emotionally challenging and affect your appearance as well as functions like speech and swallowing. Our goal is to cure your disease and at the same time limit any side effects. With supportive services, from physical therapy to spiritual care, your quality of life is as important to us as it is to you.

We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in head and neck cancers with a commitment to meet your unique needs.

Why choose SCCA?

  • Where you're treated first matters most
    Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. Patients who begin treatment at SCCA often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere. 
  • True team care
    Our multidisciplinary team includes head and neck surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, dental surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuroradiologists and pathologists from UW Medicine who come together to evaluate you and plan your care. Many other experts, like dietitians, speech and swallowing pathologists and physical and occupational therapists, will be part of your care team if you need them.
  • Comprehensive head and neck cancer treatment 
    SCCA doctors are experts in the full spectrum of state-of-the-art treatments head and neck cancers may require. Based on your specific type of cancer and the unique characteristics of your tumor, your team may recommend surgery (including minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery), proton therapy or other radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy, all available here. 
  • Head and neck cancer clinical trials
    To give you access to the most innovative therapies, SCCA unites the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in head and neck cancer clinical studies not available everywhere. 
  • A national leader in cancer care
    SCCA is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report. 
  • NCI comprehensive cancer center
    We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Treatment

SCCA doctors are experts in the full spectrum of state-of-the-art treatments head and neck cancers may require. Based on your specific type of cancer and the unique characteristics of your tumor, your team may recommend surgery (including minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery), proton therapy or other radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy, all available here. 

Clinical trials

To give you access to the most innovative therapies, SCCA unites the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in head and neck cancer clinical studies not available everywhere. 

Providers

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.