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

Conditions Treated

Doctors at the Head and Neck Cancer Program have extensive experience treating patients with rare cancers including:

Hypopharyngeal and cervical esophagus cancers

Conditions in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the surrounding structures of the larynx.

Nasopharynx cancer

Cancer orginiating in the space behind the nasal passages and above the back of the throat.

Neck cancer

Benign and malignant tumors that originate in the neck region, including sarcomas and nerve or lymph node conditions.

Nose and paranasal sinuses cancer

Cancer found in the tissues of the paranasal sinuses (small hollow spaces around the nose) or nasal cavity.

Oral cavity cancer

Cancer located in the lip, floor of the mouth, cheek or buccal mucosa, palate, alveolar ridge, and tongue.

Oropharynx cancer

Cancers involving the tonsils, base of the tongue, soft palate, and upper part of the throat.

Parathyroid cancer

A very rare form of cancer which begins inside a parathyroid gland, part of the endocrine system that regulates hormones in the body.

Parotid gland and other salivary glands

Cancer found in the tissues of the salivary glands.

Pharynx cancer

Also known as throat cancer, pharyngeal cancer forms in tissues of the pharynx, the hollow tube inside the neck that starts behind the nose and ends at the top of the windpipe and esophagus.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is a type of cancer in which malignant or abnormal cells grow in the skin. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun's rays, including the head and neck, and may involve the lymph nodes.

Thyroid cancer

A fairly common type of cancer found in the tissues of the thyroid gland, located at the base of the throat.

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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