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Head and Neck Surgery

Head and neck cancers encompass a variety of tumors found in the upper aerodigestive tract—a part of the body that involves many organs essential to talking, eating and breathing. The tongue, tonsil, salivary gland, voice box and paranasal sinuses are common areas of abnormal tissue development and cancer growth.

At NorthShore, we offer leading-edge, minimally invasive procedures, including transoral laser and robotic microsurgeries to treat all the complexities of a wide range of head and neck cancers. Using sophisticated 3-D computer modeling, our ear, nose and throat (ENT) or otolaryngology specialists work hand-in-hand with reconstructive surgeons to preserve function and maximize appearance for patients undergoing cancer surgery. For many sinonasal tumors, our ENT specialists collaborate with neurosurgeons to provide less invasive endoscopic skull base surgical approaches through the nose to remove cancerous lesions. In addition, we are only one of a few centers in the country using a minimally invasive endoscopic technique to improve the quality of life of those patients with salivary complications following treatment for thyroid cancer.

Breaking ground in the use of sentinel lymph node biopsies for determining head and neck cancer spread, NorthShore also leads the way in performing this emerging strategy. Appropriate for those with early-stage oral cancers, this procedure involves the removal of only one or a few of the lymph nodes most likely to show cancer spread. This more targeted approach helps to spare patients from undergoing more extensive neck surgery.

The complexity of treating head and neck cancers demands an advanced level of surgical skills and capabilities not found at all centers. Specialized surgical oncology experience in the treatment of head and neck cancers is critical to optimizing outcomes for patients with common to rare tumors. NorthShore’s team of fellowship-trained otolaryngologists features specific expertise in head and neck surgical oncology ensuring that we provide patients with comprehensive personalized head and neck cancer treatment.

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For more information about head and neck surgery, please call 847.570.1700.