Head and neck cancer care at Swedish

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center offers advanced treatment for benign and cancerous tumors of the head and neck.

The Head and Neck Cancer Care Center brings together clinical expertise, leading edge technology and compassion to treat patients throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Our nurse navigators provide support and guidance as they help patients navigate through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.

To learn more about our services, contact Kelly Johnson, RN at (303) 788-4668

Treating a wide range of tumors and cancers in the head and neck

The Swedish Head and Neck Cancer Care Center treats both common and rare and cancers, including:

  • Oral cavity tumors and oral cavity cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer

  • Pharyngeal (throat) cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Parathyroid cancer
  • Salivary gland tumors
  • HPV-related cancers, including oropharyngeal cancer
  • Malignant melanoma

A collaborative team that provides expert care

Your treatment program may include care from various members of our interdisciplinary team of experts including head and neck surgery, medical and radiation oncology, dentistry, oral surgery, reconstructive surgery, nutrition therapy, social work, and speech, voice, and swallowing therapy. These team members have years of technical training and experience in treating the most complex head and neck cancers. Each week, our team meets at our interdisciplinary case conference to collaborate and develop the most effective treatment plan for each patient.

Our medical director, Andrew Nemechek, MD, FACS, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in treating otolaryngological tumors and cancers. Dr. Nemechek was one of the first physicians in the state of Colorado to perform advanced head and neck oncologic surgeries. As a principal investigator and key contributor to clinical research throughout his career, Dr. Nemechek is at the forefront of clinical care, and offers patients the most advanced treatment options.

Advanced medical and surgical treatment options

As one of the region's most advanced centers, we offer comprehensive medical treatment along with leading surgical techniques depending on your treatment plan including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery to reduce recovery time and visible incisions
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy to reduce damage to surrounding tissues
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery for precise non-surgical treatment
  • Microsurgical reconstructive surgery to improve appearance and function
  • Chemotherapy that is tailored to your cancer including molecular
    profiling/pathology
  • Monitoring side effects to provide the safest treatment possible
  • Personalized plans for recovery

Get the help you need to navigate your cancer journey

One of the most important facets of our program is our nurse navigation. These nurses are specially trained and provide experienced, compassionate support for patients as they go through the many stages of living with cancer. Your nurse navigator is your medical system advocate and will help you and your family understand each part of the cancer journey while supporting your physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

We also offer many cancer support resources through our cancer resource center.

The resources of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center

As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, Swedish Medical Center features leading edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S. and our partnership provides patients personal, individualized care while benefiting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.

askSARAH helpline

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions with screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3325 to connect directly to a nurse to help you today.