Head & Neck Surgery

Stanford Head and Neck Cancer Tumor Board

The Head and Neck Cancer Tumor Board is a multispecialty comprehensive conference that brings together head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and rehabilitative specialists who participate in the treatment and rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients. It meets every Thursday morning, and discusses patients present that day as well as those seen recently in the cancer center.  Most patients will have been seen by physicians in the community of northern and central California referred via the contact phone numbers below, but patients may seek direct referral without a physican referral.

Patients with the following tumors are often discussed: oral cavity, oropharynx (such as tonsil and base of tongue), nasopharynx, larynx and hypopharynx; thyroid, melanoma, salivary gland such as parotid; paranasal sinus and skull base tumors; neck metastases; other tumors manifesting in the face and neck, such as sarcomas.

Eligibility for local and national treatment protocols and trials that seek to improve patient management is a focus of tumor board. These phase 1, 2, and 3 trials include emphasis on chemoradiation and surgical organ preservation, immunotherapy trials, and novel treatments as appropriate.  In addition participation in research tissue banks and cancer stem cell projects are available if desired.


Tumor Board Phone: (650) 723-5400
Cancer Center: (650) 498-6000
Cancer Center Fax: (650) 723-6956

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