Tanguy Seiwert, MD, medical oncologist, talks with a nurse in clinic
Medical oncologist Tanguy Seiwert, MD, right, specializes in head and neck cancer treatment. He conducts research into new and better treatments for the disease, including effective immunotherapy options that minimize treatment side effects.

The head and neck cancer specialists at UChicago Medicine care for hundreds of patients each year, making our program one of the busiest programs in the country. Our expert team includes head and neck surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, speech/swallowing therapists, physical therapists, symptom management specialists and highly trained nurses.

Our multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team is nationally and internationally renowned for its expertise, leading-edge care and outstanding outcomes. Just as important, patients and their families recognize us for our extraordinary dedication to helping patients maintain the best possible quality of life during and after treatment.

At the Forefront of Head & Neck Cancer Care

UChicago Medicine offers leading-edge care for head and neck cancer, including the most advanced medical and surgical treatment approaches:

  • Tailored care for HPV-associated head and neck cancers, including strategies to lessen the side effects of treatment and harness the power of the immune system to fight HPV-associated cancer.
  • Organ-sparing combined radiation and chemotherapy approaches, which can cure locally advanced head and neck cancers of the tongue and voice box without major surgery while preserving speech, voice and swallowing functions. UChicago Medicine pioneered this approach.
  • State-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical approaches for cancers in the throat, tonsils and base of tongue, including robotic surgery for the throat, laser microsurgery for cancer of the voice box and natural orifice surgery involving the transoral approach for thyroid disorders.
  • Innovative surgical approaches, including transoral robotic surgery (TORS), a procedure that harnesses the power of robotics to access difficult-to-reach tumors through the mouth, which is less intense and better tolerated than open surgery.

Leaders in Head & Neck Cancer Research

Our doctors and scientists are committed to advancing management of head and neck cancer through research. Our team is continually conducting research into every aspect of this disease. Some of our key areas of research are:

  • Providing less toxic, better-tolerated treatments for patients with HPV-associated head and neck cancers
  • Expanding the use of immunotherapy, which harnesses a patient’s own immune system to treat cancer with fewer side effects
  • Testing targeted therapies, such as drugs that fight against the cancer cells specifically
  • Increasing cure rates by integrating new drugs with the initial dose of chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and potentially prevent it from spreading
  • Testing new medications for recurrent and metastatic head and neck cancer
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