Refer a Head and Neck Oncology Patient

Karmanos Cancer Institute physicians are grateful to serve our region and value the relationship with community physicians when a referral to a comprehensive cancer center is needed. Our Head and Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) collaborates with referring physicians to quickly confirm a cancer diagnosis and identify the type and severity of the disease. In some cases, we can even rule out what appeared to be a potential cancer diagnosis.

When to Send Patients to the Head and Neck Oncology MDT

Presenting Symptoms

Back of the mouth (pharynx)

  • Trouble breathing, speaking, chewing or swallowing food
  • A lump or thickening
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Pain in the throat that will not go away
  • Pain or ringing in the ears or trouble hearing

In the sinuses and nasal cavity

  • Blocked sinuses that don’t clear
  • Sinus infections that do not respond to treatment with antibiotics
  • Bleeding through the nose
  • Headaches
  • Pain and swelling around the eyes
  • Pain in the upper teeth
  • Problems with dentures

In the Mouth

  • A white or red sore that does not heal on the gums, tongue or lining
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Unusual bleeding or pain
  • A lump or thickening

In the voice box (larynx)

  • Pain when swallowing
  • Ear pain

On the neck

  • A lump or thickening

We understand that you want the best for your patients. If you think referring to Karmanos’ Head and Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Team is the best option for your patient, call the referring provider line or send a referral form.

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Referral Forms

  • Online Referral Form Download a Referral Form
  • Release Health Information Form
  • In Safe Hands

    As Michigan’s only hospital focusing solely on cancer, our commitment to fighting cancer means your patient will have:

    • A carefully constructed and individualized treatment plan
    • Access to more than 800 cancer-specific scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, including a Phase 1 Program
    • An assigned oncology patient navigator to help every step of their cancer care
    • Integrative and supportive therapies available to complement treatment plans

    Introducing your patient to the Karmanos Advantage

    Each patient receives personal attention and a customized treatment plan from our head and neck cancer experts. During the initial visit, a physician will review medical records, medical history, x-rays and pathology slides. The head and neck cancer team meets regularly to discuss patient care issues and refine individual patient treatment plans.

    If treatment is needed, this communication with referring providers continues during and after your patient goes through treatment at Karmanos.

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