Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital takes a comprehensive and caring approach to head and neck cancer treatment. When developing your treatment plan, our team considers all aspects of your disease, including potential side effects and your overall health.

Head and neck cancers usually affect the tissues and glands around the mouth, throat and nose. Because of where these cancers are located, we take extra care in developing a treatment plan that minimizes side effects when possible.

We personalize each treatment plan and collaborate with various experts who are dedicated to doing what’s best for your individual needs.

What types of head and neck cancers are treated at Lynn Cancer Institute?

Our team treats a full range of head and neck cancers, including oropharyngeal cancers. These cancers form in the middle part of the throat (the oropharynx), which includes the base of the tongue, soft palate, and tonsils.

We also treat laryngeal cancer (cancer within the voice box or vocal cords) and cancers that form in the glands and lymph nodes around the throat.

How do Lynn Cancer Institute experts diagnose head and neck cancers?

Our team uses a variety of tests and evaluations to pinpoint your diagnosis. In many cases, we start with imaging tests, including CT scans or PET/CT scans.

We may also recommend a needle biopsy to confirm the type of tumor. In some cases, we’ll send this biopsy to a lab for molecular testing. Molecular tests can help us narrow down the type of cancer.

How does Lynn Cancer Institute treat head and neck cancers?

At Lynn Cancer Institute, we customize treatment to fit your unique needs. Our team will do everything possible to create a treatment plan that doesn’t disrupt your quality of life. That means finding therapies that have less effect on your vocal cords and swallowing ability.

Your treatment plan will depend on your specific tumor type and diagnosis. Treatment may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radixact™ TomoTherapy
  • Proton therapy
  • Surgery

If we determine that proton therapy may be a good option for you, we’ll work closely with the team at Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida to coordinate treatment.

Support services are also an essential part of your treatment plan. These services can include:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Social work support or counseling
  • Exercise and wellness classes, including yoga and Tai Chi
Our Approach

Our Approach

When you come to Lynn Cancer Institute for head and neck cancer treatment, you can expect:

  • A caring and comprehensive team that stays with you through every step of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship
  • A patient-first approach that considers your needs and preferences with every treatment decision

Treatment plans that minimize side effects when possible

Frequently Asked Questions

  • While smoking does increase your risk for head and neck cancer, infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common risk factor for these cancers. Fortunately, head and neck cancer patients who are HPV-positive often have a good prognosis (outcome).

  • No. Head and neck cancer treatment can indeed come with some challenging side effects, such as dry mouth, swallowing problems or mouth sores (mucositis). However, most of these side effects resolve four to six weeks after finishing treatment. Lynn Cancer Institute also provides a variety of support services to help you cope with these side effects.

  • The Radixact™ TomoTherapy is a type of image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), which combines 3D imaging with highly targeted radiation beams. The beams are delivered from 360 degrees around your body, which helps provide more precise radiation treatment.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and ENT doctors who all specialize in head and neck cancers. We also work closely with nutritionists, psychosocial specialists, nurses, and other support staff.

Clinical Trials

Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.