At Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, we’ve put together a team of nationally recruited physicians focused on using the latest technology and innovative techniques in the treatment of head and neck cancers.

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For more information about Levine Cancer Institute, call 980-442-2000.

Head and Neck Cancer Diagnosis at Levine Cancer Institute

Head and neck cancers usually begin in what are called squamous cells located in moist areas, such as the mouth, nasal passages and throat. Another more rare form of head and neck cancer can develop in the trachea. Other cancers found in the brain, scalp and skin, for example, are usually not classified as head and neck cancer.

At Levine Cancer Institute, you’ll have access to the latest procedures for diagnosing head and neck cancers. The first step is to get a complete medical history, including symptoms and risk factors and undergo a physical exam.

Depending on the type of cancer suspected, your doctor may suggest any of the following diagnostic tests:

  • Blood and urine tests
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Bone scan
  • PET scan

Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

Our physicians have access to the latest technologies, treatments and research and provide nothing less than the highest quality of care.

Your team of specialists will meet regularly to discuss your case and develop treatment plans tailored to your specific needs. A care team may include a head and neck surgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, physical and speech therapists, nutritionist, advanced practice nurse, social worker and patient advocate.

The Goal of Treatment:

  • To rid the body of cancer
  • Reduce the chance of reoccurrence
  • Reduce the chance of the cancer traveling to another part of the body

Treatment for head and neck cancers can vary depending on where the cancer is located.

Common Head and Neck Treatment Options Include:

  • Surgery to remove the tumor
  • Radiation to kill cancer cells and keep them from growing
  • Chemotherapy to stop cell growth


For issues that arise during or after treatment, Levine Cancer Institute staff of highly trained rehabilitation specialists assists patients with speech and swallowing issues, as well as hearing restoration. Learn more about our rehabilitation for cancer patients.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials may also be an option. Levine Cancer Institute offers the latest clinical trials available, bringing you groundbreaking treatment options that are not available anywhere else in the area. Learn more about our head and neck cancer clinical trials.

Cancer Support Programs

The cancer care process can feel confusing and overwhelming at times – often involving physical, financial and emotional challenges for you and your family. From diagnosis to survivorship, we have numerous resources available to support you during your treatment experience.

Learn more about our cancer support programs.

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