Head and neck cancer program

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health offers comprehensive management and treatment for patients with cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the head and neck in the Greater Kansas City area. If a cancerous tumor is identified, our patients are backed by a multidisciplinary team of oncology, radiation and surgical specialists with experience developing personalized treatment plans.

To learn more about our head and neck cancer care, please call askSARAH at (816) 448-7737.


Head and neck cancer conditions we treat

Our cancer specialists and surgeons work together to treat a wide range of tumors in the head and neck. We treat cancer affecting the:

  • Cervical lymph nodes
  • Mouth and tongue
  • Neck base
  • Nose and paranasal sinus
  • Salivary glands
  • Skull base
  • Throat
  • Thyroid and parathyroid

Diagnosing head and neck tumors

HCA Midwest Health offers an array of advanced imaging services that help our oncologists diagnose and analyze tumors of the head and neck. We often use:

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
  • X-rays

Head and neck cancer treatments we offer

As part of the Sarah Cannon network, we provide a range of specialized treatment options for head and neck cancers. Our medical and surgical oncology teams work together to develop individualized approaches that focus on the specific type of cancer and its location. Treatment options may include:

Head and neck cancer specialists

Our multidisciplinary team includes expert oncologists and physicians from other medical specialties, ensuring every aspect of our patients' health is accounted for. We tailor treatment strategies to meet every individual's needs. Our care team includes:

  • Dietitians
  • Lymphedema therapists
  • Medical oncologists
  • Nurse navigators
  • Physician specialists, including ear, nose and throat (ENT) experts
  • Primary care providers
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Social workers
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Surgeons

Dedicated nurse navigators

Our patients are assisted throughout their cancer journey by head and neck oncology nurse navigators. Nurse navigators provide patient support and facilitate cancer care from diagnosis through survivorship, acting as a:

  • Connection between patient and their care team
  • Guide through appointments
  • Resource for overcoming barriers
  • Source of education
  • Supporter for patients needs

Cancer wellness team

Our cancer program has its own oncology wellness team that focuses on patients' needs as they progress through treatment. They help patients live better with cancer by:

  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Cancer support
  • Providing options to help relieve fatigue and improve function
  • Helping patients understand side effects of cancer treatment and how to manage them

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

HCA Midwest Health 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 (816) 448-7737 or chat online at askSARAHnow.