Cancer Care: Head and Neck Surgery


The Head and Neck Surgery Division specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the head and neck – both cancerous and non-cancerous.

Firmly committed to providing compassionate, effective and personalized care, the Division combines the expert resources of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital. As a result it is able to deliver a comprehensive program of care, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up.

The Oncology Service also provides comprehensive tumor diagnosis and treatment, orchestrating all the available resources from many different areas of specialty and disciplines, including surgery, medical treatment, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and dentistry.

The coordinated approach continues in follow-up, with oversight from specialized professionals in social services, home health care, visiting nurse services and rehabilitation – including physiotherapy and speech pathology.

A Mission of Reconstruction

The Division staff includes three fellowship-trained microvascular reconstructive surgeons, with annual volume that ranks the program as one of the nation’s busiest.

The commitment to reconstructive excellence incorporates state of the art reconstructive surgery techniques. The Division’s clinical and research efforts in voice restoration following laryngectomy are recognized throughout the world and benefit from a close relationship with Mass. Eye and Ear’s Voice and Speech Laboratory.

Cancer’s Warning Signs

Cancer of the head and neck is serious and can be life-threatening. As with any cancer, the earlier it is detected and targeted the greater are the chances of success in treatment. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, seek the opinion of a qualified medical professional:

  • Hoarseness or change in voice
  • Loss of sight, taste, smell or touch
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Consistent, unexplained pain in head or neck
  • Coughing up blood
  • Ulcerations in the throat, mouth, tongue, or skin
  • Unexplained lumps or bumps

Learn about our Head and Neck Surgery, Oncology physicians

Click here to learn more or call 617-573-3954 for appointment information.