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Head & Neck Tumors

Head and neck tumors are a common cancer. With the most modern procedures for diagnosis and treatment, we are there for you individually.


The term ‘head and neck tumors’ covers various types of cancer. Head and neck tumors account for about five percent of all cancers worldwide. The majority of these diseases develop in the epithelial cells of the mucous membranes, for example in the mouth, tongue, nose or throat.


The chances of recovery from a head and neck tumor depend largely on how early it is diagnosed. If the cancer is detected at an early stage, the chances of recovery are relatively high at 75-90 percent. If the tumor is more advanced, the rate drops. It is therefore important to pay particular attention to risk factors as well as the often rather harmless-looking symptoms in order to counteract the development of head and neck tumors or to have the best possible chances of recovery in the event of a disease.


In recent years, the risk of developing a head and neck tumor has increased – and although the disease mainly affects men, the number of cases has grown considerably, especially among women. Therefore, you should pay attention to the following risk factors that can promote the development of head and neck tumors:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Human papilloma viruses (HPV)


The symptoms of a head and neck tumor can seem quite harmless on their own. Therefore, it is important to follow the so-called “1-for-3 rule” to enable the earliest possible detection of the tumor. According to the “1-for-3 rule”, you should definitely consult an ENT or Oral and maxillofacial specialist if any of the following symptoms persist in you for a period of more than three weeks:

  • Non-healing sores in the mouth or on the tongue
  • Red or white spots in the mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Painful and/or difficult swallowing
  • Swelling of the throat
  • Blocked nose on one side and/or nosebleeds


In order to provide the best individual treatment for you, we will carry out a detailed and complete diagnosis on you, on the basis of which your attending physician will derive the further treatment steps. Various factors are decisive here, such as the size and exact location of the tumor, the involvement of local lymph nodes in the neck area, or whether distant metastases are already present. All modern methods are used for diagnosis:

  • Sonography (ultrasound)
  • Computer tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Scintigraphy
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)


Depending on the diagnostic result, your attending physician will determine your very individual treatment plan after presenting your case in the interdisciplinary tumor conference. As a rule, this is a surgical procedure, the goal of which is to completely remove the entire tumor, if possible, as well as any affected lymph nodes. We cover the entire spectrum of surgical tumor therapy in the head and neck region, from minimally invasive procedures and laser surgery to extensive tumor resections with plastic defect reconstruction using microvascular anastomosed autologous transplants.

Depending on the location and stage of progression of the tumor, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy may also be considered.


In order to prevent a possible recurrence or a second disease, follow-up care after cancer treatment is essential. To this end, we conduct regular clinical and sonographic follow-up examinations and, if necessary, coordinate new diagnostic and therapeutic steps.


Before surgery:
Usually inpatient surgery of the tumor with reconstructive measures to restore functionality
Usually general anesthesia
To note:
If necessary, concomitant therapy by oncology, radiation therapy, speech therapy, speech and swallowing exercises.

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Our opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 08:00 - 12:00 or 14:00 - 18:00, and Fridays from 08:00 to 13:00. Appointments by reservation.


You can reach us by phone during the indicated opening hours at +49 (0)89 8292 4444 or at any time by e-mail with the addresses of the respective departments.


You can reach us by car and by local and long-distance public transport. Our premises are conveniently located near the Munich-Pasing train station.

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