Treatment for head and neck cancer

There are many different types of treatment for head and neck cancer. Your treatment will depend on you and your cancer.


Treatment for cancers of the head and neck will depend on your type and stage of cancer, as well as your medical history and personal preferences for treatment.1

  • Surgery – is the most common treatment for head and neck cancers of all stages. In some cases reconstructive surgery (plastic surgery) may be required to help rebuild cancerous tissue and bone that was removed. 1
    • Some surgeries that impact on the ability to chew and swallow may result in the need of a gastrotomy tube (a tube that inserted into your stomach for feeding to ensure you receive optimal nutrition post-surgery).1
  • Radiation therapy – may be used instead of or after surgery to cure the cancer or to help prevent the cancer from returning. Radiotherapy can help manage symptoms, such as pain or bleeding, in more advanced cases. 1
  • Chemotherapy – can be used alongside radiotherapy to help enhance treatment, or help to control symptoms when a cancer has spread.1
  • Targeted therapiesuse specific drugs aimed to destroy cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.1

Treatment at Icon

Bowen Icon Cancer Centre offers a range of head and neck cancer treatments to ensure a personalised treatment plan for every patient. Visit our treatments page to find out more information about the range of treatment methods and technology available at Icon.

References

For a full list of references, click here.
  1. Australian Government: Cancer Australia. (2017). Head and neck cancer: treatment options.Retrieved on 27th April 2019 from https://head-neck-cancer.canceraustralia.gov.au/treatment

Understanding fees

We will work with you to ensure you’re aware of any out-of-pocket expenses and make sure there are no surprises throughout your treatment.
Learn more

Care team

Every member of our team are here to help you. Here are some of the people you may meet and the role they have in your care.
Learn more

Our doctors

Our centre brings together a dedicated team of experienced medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and haematologists.
Learn more
View all Treatments

Search

Contact us

  • 04 896 0200
  • Level B3, Bowen Specialist Medical Centre 98 Churchill Drive Crofton Downs Wellington 6035