Head and Neck Cancer Center

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UC San Diego Health was ranked in the top 25 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 12 specialties, including Cancer and Ear, Nose & Throat.

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Our surgical oncologists are experts in minimally invasive and robotic techniques.

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Our multidisciplinary team works together to determine the most effective treatment for each patient.

Comprehensive Care for Patients with Cancers, Benign Tumors, and Other Disorders of the Head and Neck

We treat head and neck disease with the most advanced treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, reconstruction and rehabilitation, proton therapy and other radiation therapy, innovative clinical trials, and targeted therapy, including immunotherapy.

Why Choose Us?

UC San Diego Health is ranked among the nation's best in cancer services by U.S. News & World Report, and is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country—and the only one in San Diego County. And our care doesn't end with state-of-the-art surgery, innovative clinical trials, and advanced technology. We offer a wide range of programs and services to improve our patients' quality of life, including:

  • Counseling, education and support groups for patients and family members
  • Discharge planning
  • Home health care coordination
  • Professional voice care
  • Survivorship and palliative care services

Every step of the way, our patients experience compassion from people who care in a healing, supportive environment.

Team Approach

We are a multidisciplinary team of professionals that collaborate with you and your health care providers to provide world-class care in a caring, supportive environment. Your care team may include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers, radiologists, and dental rehabilitation, speech and language specialists, or other physicians and professionals for your personal care plan. Meet our team.

Customized Treatment Strategy

We treat cancers and benign tumors throughout the head and neck. For more information on conditions we treat and how we customize your care, see Treatment Options.

Treatment Highlight: Proton Therapy and Brachytherapy

For patients with tumors in difficult areas, like the skull base close to the optic nerves or brain, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of proton beam radiation and brachytherapy. Dr. Parag Sanghvi is a leader in providing both proton therapy and brachytherapy for head and neck cancer patients. He creates a customized plan for each patient, integrating these therapies with surgery, immunotherapy, and standard chemotherapy. For more information, see Treatment Options.

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Personalized Care

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We use genetic testing to analyze tumors and tailor treatment to individual patients. See Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy.