Experts in Head and Neck Cancer

The doctors of the Stanford Head and Neck Cancer Program are highly experienced in using state of the art approaches for cancers that affect how we look, breathe, talk, smell, see, and swallow. Our multispecialty team excels in providing outstanding personalized clinical care and, when appropriate, participates in leading edge clinical research as well as research into tumor biology, cancer stem cells, and radiation therapy. 

Head and Neck Cancer Program
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here
Maps & Directions
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-498-6000 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment of Head and Neck Cancers


Pioneers in research and treatment

Stanford doctors introduced the first use of chemotherapy with irradiation for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), which is now the basis of organ-preservation chemoradiation in the U.S. We participate in many major national studies and institutional-originated studies.

Leaders in multispecialty, comprehensive care

Stanford's Head & Neck Tumor Board was the first of its kind in the U.S. and brings together medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, as well as head and neck radiologists, pathologists, dentists, nurses, and physician assistants.

Treatment of head and neck cancer often impacts very personal aspects of patients' lives including speech, swallowing, and appearance. A priority of Stanford's Head and Neck Cancer program is to maximize the quality of life of our patients, and we have devoted many resources both to minimize the impact of cancer and to help cope with side effects of intervention. The multispecialty expertise of the Stanford Voice Center, the Stanford Center for Human Communication, the Stanford Sinus Center as well as very close working relationships with neurosurgeons, opthmalmologists, dentists and facial plastic surgeons are integrated into treatment to ensure maximum success in preserving the swallowing, speaking, breathing, and appearance.

Minimally invasive surgery and reconstructive surgery options are carefully integrated into overall treatment recommendations. Nutritional counseling is available to ensure patients remain healthy if eating becomes temporarily difficult. We work closely with cancer survivorship and the head and neck cancer support program meets onsite frequently.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor about any clinical trials you should consider. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer patients.

Clinical trial eligibility flowcharts

Eligibility flowcharts map clinical trials to specific types of cancers to determine if a participant is eligible for the particular clinical trial. View all head and neck cancer eligibility flowcharts at the Stanford Cancer Institute.

For Patients


Review the New Patient Packet for information about:

  • What to expect on the day of your appointment
  • Maps, directions, parking, public transit options, and contact information
  • Other patient resources

Bring completed forms found in the Head and Neck Cancer New Patient Letter.


Please fax the Medical Record Release Form to your new patient coordinator. The medical release form is an authorization form for external facilities to release medical records to Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics). 

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561

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For Health Care Professionals


Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.


Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

Please note, though this form is from Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics), it is also used for all Cancer Center referrals.

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