About Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers — from the signs of oral cancer to the symptoms of thyroid cancer— are unlike any other cancer because they affect how you eat, speak, socialize, and express yourself. In a sense, head, neck, and thyroid cancers strike at your identity.

Traditional head and neck cancer surgeries can save your life, but they can also cause drastic changes to the structures responsible for self-expression, such as your tongue, jaw, and voice box. The effects of head and neck cancer on self-image, both before and after treatment, can render you isolated and reclusive.

All of this makes Mount Sinai's minimally invasive surgical techniques, many of which were pioneered here at The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, tremendously valuable — not only for your physical health, but for your emotional well-being, as well. Minimally invasive procedures for head and neck cancers reduce scarring and maximize efficacy, resulting in improved outcomes and quality of life.

The Mount Sinai Hospital has one of the oldest Departments of Ear, Nose, and Throat/Head and Neck Surgery in the United States, and ranks among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2016-2017 edition of "Best Hospitals."

Types of Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers we treat at Mount Sinai include:

Minimally Invasive Surgeries for Head and Neck Cancers

Our services include minimally invasive surgeries, such as:

Robotic surgery: We use robotic surgery to treat head and neck cancers. The DaVinci Surgical System® — advanced technology that magnifies the surgical field — gives our surgeons greater visualization, dexterity, and precision during an operation. This less-invasive surgical technique reduces scarring and improves outcomes.

Endoscopic surgery: Through this minimally invasive procedure, our surgeons remove tumors of the voice box, skull base, and neck using an endoscope. An endoscope is a thin tube equipped with a tiny light and miniature video camera that your doctor inserts into your body through a natural opening, such as your nose or throat, for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Your doctor views the images captured by the endoscope on a video monitor. If you undergo endoscopic surgery, you will be sedated to stay comfortable for the duration of the procedure.

Cranial-base surgery: Mount Sinai surgeons have developed techniques to remove skull -base tumors and vascular lesions endoscopically through the nose, leaving no visible sign of surgery. These techniques are also used to treat skull-base trauma.

Thyroid and parathyroid surgery: We perform minimally invasive thyroidectomies and parathyroidectomies through a one-inch incision. We believe that a team approach involving an experienced surgeon, a dedicated endocrinologist, and a team of physicians trained in nuclear medicine is of critical importance in the treatment of thyroid cancers.

These minimally invasive procedures allow our physicians to remove life-threatening tumors without making any incisions to your head or neck.