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

Treatment Expertise

Among the Head and Neck Cancer Program's unique offerings are:

  • Approaches to head and neck cancers focusing on preserving function and appearance
  • Minimally invasive surgery, when possible, such as endoscopic laser laryngeal surgery, transoral robotic surgery, and infratemporal fossa approaches
  • Advanced radiation therapy and chemoradiation approaches that limit toxicity and improve outcomes
  • Skull base surgery, endoscopic or open, in conjunction with highly experienced teams that work together closely with neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists
  • State-of-the-art reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation to minimize the morbidity of treatment
  • Intraoperative irradiation for highly selected recurrent tumors
  • Weekly multispecialty patient care conference to assure that all options are reviewed prior to initiating final recommendations


The use of anticancer drugs to shrink or kill cancerous cells and reduce cancer spreading to other parts of the body.


Surgical removal of the vocal cords only.


To preserve the voice, surgical removal of half of the larynx (voice box).

Hormone therapy

Use of supplemental hormones to prevent or stop the growth or spread of tumors. The type of hormone therapy you receive depends upon many factors, such as the type and size of the tumor, your age, the presence of hormone receptors on the tumor, and other factors.

Partial laryngectomy

Surgical removal part of the larynx (voice box); also preserves the voice.

Radiation therapy

The use of high-energy radiation to kill or shrink cancer cells, tumors, and non-cancerous diseases.

Supraglottic laryngectomy

Surgical removal of structures above the vocal cords.


The removal of all or part of the thyroid gland.

Total laryngectomy

Surgical removal of the whole larynx.

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 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

Call us to make an appointment


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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