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

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Swedish Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.