Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Each year, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center diagnoses and treats more than 3,500 people with cancer of the head and neck. Our multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team includes more than 45 medical professionals who focus exclusively on the treatment of head and neck cancer. The team meets weekly to develop a comprehensive care plan for each individual patient, taking into account all facets of care and the entire range of treatment options.

Treating head and neck cancer can be a complex undertaking. Improving survival is the main goal of treatment, but other considerations — such as maintaining patient quality of life and appearance and preserving functions such as speech, swallowing, taste, and hearing — are equally important to our treatment team.

Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

  • Diagnosis & Staging

    A physical exam, endoscopy, imaging tests, and biopsy are all ways to identify a head and neck cancer, and to understand how advanced it is.

  • Treatment

    Many cancers of the head and neck can be cured, especially if they are found early. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and new investigational treatments.