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At Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute, we’ve put together a team of nationally recruited physicians who are focused on using the latest technology and innovative techniques in the treatment of head and neck cancers.

Head and neck cancers usually begin in what are called squamous cells located in moist areas, such as the mouth, nasal passages and throat. Another more rare form of head and neck cancer can develop in the trachea (commonly known as the windpipe). Other cancers found in the brain, scalp and skin, for example, are usually not classified as head and neck cancer.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment with our providers, please call 980-442-3320 .

Head and neck cancer tests and diagnosis

At Levine Cancer Institute, you’ll have access to the latest procedures for diagnosing head and neck cancers. The first step is to get a complete medical history, including symptoms and risk factors, and undergo a physical exam.

Depending on the type of cancer suspected, your doctor may suggest any of the following diagnostic tests:

  • Blood and urine tests
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Bone scan
  • PET scan

Head and neck cancer treatment

Our physicians have access to the latest technologies, treatments and research, and they provide nothing less than the highest quality of care.

Your team of specialists will meet regularly to discuss your case and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Your care team may include a head and neck surgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, physical and speech therapists, nutritionist, advanced practice nurse, social worker and patient advocate.

Treatment for head and neck cancers can vary depending on where the cancer is located.

The goal of treatment is to:

  • Rid the body of cancer
  • Reduce the chance of reoccurrence
  • Reduce the chance of the cancer traveling to another part of the body

Common head and neck treatment options include:

  • Surgery to remove the tumor
  • Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and keep them from growing
  • Chemotherapy to stop cell growth

Cancer care locations

With 25+ locations, you can find expert cancer care that’s convenient for you.

Patient Resources

  • Rehabilitation

    For issues that arise during or after treatment, Levine Cancer Institute's staff of highly trained rehabilitation specialists assists patients with speech and swallowing issues, as well as hearing restoration.

    Learn more about our rehabilitation for cancer patients.

  • Head and neck cancer clinical trials

    In addition to state-of-the-art treatment options, our physicians also conduct clinical trials. Our participation in research trials allows for a better understanding of what leads to head and neck cancer and helps us translate this knowledge into new treatment strategies.

    Learn about our latest clinical trials.

  • Cancer support and survivorship programs

    The cancer care process can feel confusing and overwhelming at times – often involving physical, financial and emotional challenges for you and your family. From diagnosis to survivorship, we have numerous resources available to support you during your treatment experience.

    Learn more about our cancer support and survivorship programs.

  • Planetree certification

    To earn the Planetree Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care, we excelled across more than 50 criteria of patient-centered care – qualities that reflect what patients and clinicians say matters most to them.

    Learn about our Planetree Gold Certification for Excellence in Person-Centered Care.

  • Donate to cancer research

    Because of philanthropy, Atrium Health is expanding its resources to fight cancer and bring national-level expertise to communities throughout the Southeast. You can make a difference in the local fight against cancer for children and adults in our community.

    Learn how to donate to cancer research.