• Head and Neck Specialist, Dr. Deschler, with a patient
  • Head and neck physician, Dr. Lin, with a patient
  • Head and neck physician, Dr. Varvares, with a patient

Head and Neck Cancer Care

To schedule an appointment, please contact our office at 617-573-3954.

Physicians in the Head and Neck Oncology Division at Mass. Eye and Ear specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the head and neck area.

Our location at Mass. Eye and Ear, directly next door to Mass General Hospital, allows us to collaborate with professionals representing a broad range of specialties to provide a comprehensive program of care, which may include surgery, medical treatments, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and dentistry. This 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.

Signs and Symptoms

As with any cancer, the earlier head and neck cancer is detected and targeted, the greater the chances of success in treatment. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, please 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