Head and Neck Cancer Research

The UPMC Department of Otolaryngology is the home of the Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant in Head and Neck Cancer at the University of Pittsburgh.

Funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI-NIH), this collaborative grant provides money for multiple laboratories involved in biomedical head and neck cancer research.

» Learn more about the NCI's SPORE grants.

Cancer Vaccines and Tests

Other ongoing research projects at the UPMC Division of Head and Neck Cancer include:

  • Research on a cancer vaccine against the p53 tumor suppressor.
  • A preliminary research investigation seeking to develop a new vaccine for patients with carcinoma of the oral cavity and oropharynx.
  • A new study evaluating an intraoperative test using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify — in 30 minutes — the spread of cancer into the neck lymph nodes.
  • Studies, funded by the National Institutes of Health, directed at better understanding biologic signaling in cancer cells.
  • A major effort to develop study on the care of thyroid cancer also is underway.

The division basis its research efforts on the guiding principal that the findings of today may lead to new knowledge and improved patient care.

Patient Participation in Head and Neck Cancer Research

All of the patients undergoing head and neck cancer treatment at UPMC have the opportunity to participate in clinical outcomes research.

We carefully track important treatment and outcomes data of consenting patients in the head and neck tumor registry. This database allows the physicians at UPMC to obtain vital treatment-related outcomes information about their patients.

Funding for this form of practiced-based learning is through private philanthropy thanks to the Stout Family Fund for Head and Neck Cancer Research. This will assure that future generations can benefit from the experiences of today’s patients.

Contact the UPMC Division of Head and Neck Cancer

To schedule an appointment with a UPMC head and neck cancer specialist, or to learn more about our research, please call 412-647-2100.

Address and Directions

University Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists (Oakland)
203 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Contact Us

To schedule an appointment with a UPMC head and neck cancer specialist, or to receive more information about our treatments and services, please contact us at:

University Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists (Oakland)
203 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-647-2100

©  UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit Healthwise.org

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

For UPMC Mercy Patients: As a Catholic hospital, UPMC Mercy abides by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As such, UPMC Mercy neither endorses nor provides medical practices and/or procedures that contradict the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA UPMC.com