Hoag Head & Neck Cancer Program

More than 70,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancers each year. These cancers can affect the face, nose, sinuses, mouth, tongue, throat, larynx, salivary glands, tonsils, palate/floor of mouth, gums, lip and thyroid.

Head and neck cancers, as well as their treatment, often affect swallowing, speech and hearing. That’s why it’s important to seek care from an expert team experienced in the most-advanced treatment options with the least impact on quality of life.

At the Hoag Head & Neck Cancer Program, our multidisciplinary team has special expertise in developing personalized treatment programs that utilize the latest in state-of-the-art cancer care and supportive therapies that result in positive patient outcomes. Our experienced head and neck cancer team also specializes in preserving and maintaining important functions, such as smell, hearing, speech, and swallowing.

Through the Hoag Head & Neck Cancer Program, Orange County patients can receive specialty cancer care right at home. That’s because Hoag offers the only comprehensive, integrated Head & Neck Cancer Program in Orange County for adult patients.

Why Choose Hoag Head & Neck Cancer Program for Your Care?

  • Comprehensive State-of-the-Art Head & Neck Cancer Program - The Hoag Head & Neck Cancer Program provides comprehensive and personalized care for adults with benign or malignant tumors of the head and neck. Our multidisciplinary team has special expertise in developing treatment plans that include the latest in state-of-the-art cancer care and supportive therapies that help to ensure the highest quality of life.
  • Multidisciplinary Team – The Hoag Head & Neck Cancer Program is comprised of experts in surgical oncology, reconstructive and plastic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, maxillofacial dentistry, pathology, speech language pathology, and radiology, as well as a clinical nurse navigator, genetic counselors, physical therapists and oncology dietitians.
  • Second Opinions & Multidisciplinary Clinic - Hoag's team is here to provide second opinions for those diagnosed with head or neck cancer. Unique at Hoag, we also provide a multidisciplinary clinic which allows patients to be seen by all specialists, have their case reviewed with this team together during case conference, then have one comprehensive treatment plan recommended.
  • Patient-Centered Care – We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be hard to manage, emotionally, physically and financially. The Hoag Family Cancer Institute offers comprehensive support services centered around the patient and their families. From support groups to one-on-one counseling, to educational and mind, body spirit workshops, Hoag Oncology Support Services​ supports the whole person, and can link you to numerous resources for other types of support.
  • Speech and Swallowing Therapy - Hoag’s Head & Neck Cancer Program includes Speech Language Pathologists specialized in helping patients proactively assess and treat speech, voice and swallowing issues.
  • Phase 1 Clinical Research - Through an alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.