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Head and neck cancer care

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We are the third largest head and neck program in Canada. We treat individuals with cancers of the oral cavity (tongue, mouth), major and minor salivary glands, larynx/pharynx, hypopharynx, nose/nasal passages, sinus, eye, skin of the head and neck, and other sites located in this area. These types of cancers are the sixth most frequently occurring cancers worldwide.

About our care

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Who we are

Our head and neck cancer care professionals are:
  • leaders in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries; ablative treatments
  • very active in clinical trials and research
  • highly skilled in surgical reconstructive techniques
  • leaders in surgeon-directed Point-of-Care Ultrasound assessment and guided biopsy

Our multidisciplinary and interprofessional clinic offers referred patients the opportunity to see many specialists at the same time to discuss coordinated care and an individualized treatment plan. The care team provides expertise across surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, specialized oncology nursing, pathology, supportive care services including speech pathology, psychiatry, craniofacial prosthetics, and with links to our Smoking Cessation program.

Unique higlights

Head and neck cancer care at Sunnybrook includes:

  • Specialized intra-oral programs
  • We collaborate with the Odette Cancer Centre's Craniofacial Clinic anaplastologists, and the intra-oral/extra-oral osseo-integrated implant program for Ontario
  • Thyroid Cancer Clinic collaboration with hospitals including Toronto East General

Patients, families and visitors

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Oral cancers

Our experts in surgery, radiation oncology, and rehabilitation therapy collaborate to provide excellent treatment options for newly diagnosed patients and patients with advanced, and or recurrent types of oral cavity cancer. Learn more »

Pharynx and/or larynx cancers (throat)

Our experts in medical and radiation oncology, head and neck surgery, and speech and rehabilitation therapy offer specialized care for patients. We provide treatment options for pharynx and larynx cancers at all stages. Learn more »

Thyroid cancers

Our team of surgeons, head and neck surgeons, and rehabilitation therapists provide excellent pre-screening assessment, diagnostic, and minimally invasive treatment options for papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, medullary thyroid cancer, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. Learn more »

Head and neck skin cancer

Our experts in medical and radiation oncology, head and neck surgery, and speech and rehabilitation therapy offer specialized care for patients. We provide superior diagnostic and treatment options for melanoma at all stages. Learn more »

Eye, nasal cavity cancers (nose)

Our experts in medical and radiation oncology, otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, and speech and rehabilitation therapy offer a wide range of treatment options for both eye and nasal cavity cancers, and for recurrence. Learn more »


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