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Head and Neck Sarcomas


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Up to 20 percent of sarcomas occur within the head and mandible (jaw). Most are diagnosed in the sinuses and neck. Sarcoma development is not related to alcohol use, smoking, or the papillomavirus.

Our sarcoma specialists work with the head and neck surgeons on these cases.

Types of Head and Neck Sarcomas:
  • Osteosarcoma: Rare, aggressive tumors that usually occur in the lower jaw (mandible).

  • Angiosarcoma: Cancer of the cells that line the walls of blood vessels or lymphatic vessels. These tumors usually occur on the scalp and forehead, cheek, nose, sinuses, neck, and mandible.

  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma: One of the most common soft tissue sarcomas in the head and neck.

  • Fibrosarcoma: Can occur in the head, neck, legs, arms, abdomen, and pelvis. Cancer begins growing in cells called fibrocytes. Fibrocytes are the cells in soft, connective tissues.

Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Sylvester is an NCI-designated cancer center. The National Cancer Institute has recognized Sylvester for its outstanding work conducting research in its laboratories, treating patients in its clinics and hospitals, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.

Ranked in the nation’s top tier by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects the team’s dedication to excellence in research patient care and outcomes. Surgeons, audiologists, biomedical engineers, speech pathologists, researchers, and psychologists collaborate with many research programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to deliver the best possible multidisciplinary care to pediatric and adult ear, nose, and throat patients.

More board-certified head and neck surgical specialists than any other South Florida provider. We have experts who work together to treat every aspect of your head and neck care. In the majority of cases requiring reconstruction, you have just one operation for cancer removal and any reconstructive surgery. Sylvester is one of the best places in the country for simultaneous head and neck cancer surgery and microvascular reconstruction.

Clinical trials that focus on robotic surgery, chemotherapy, reducing radiation toxicity and immunotherapy are often available for head and neck cancer patients. You can get new treatments that aren’t available elsewhere. Your access to trials that match your specific cancer gives you the best chance for the best treatment outcomes.

Advanced radiation oncology tools. Our leading edge technology offers crystal clear tumor targeting, improved results, and less potential damage to nearby healthy tissue. These tools include RapidArc® intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and a Siemens 4D-CT scanner. We can offer patients the benefit of proton therapy with modulated scanning, which can target the tumor more precisely than X-rays and can reduce the side effects of treatment.

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