Quality of Head & Neck Cancer Care

At the Cedars-Sinai Head & Neck Cancer Center, each patient is treated as an individual and provided with specialized care.

Complex cases are presented at the Head and Neck Tumor Board to help physicians consider all the factors involved. On this basis, the team creates a treatment plan designed to preserve the best quality of life for each patient.

Physicians at the Head and Neck Cancer Center are highly experienced at treating common cases as well as difficult cases of head and neck cancer. They specialize in minimally invasive surgery to treat head and neck tumors, as well as thyroid and parathyroid conditions. Transoral laser microsurgery, a recent advancement, has been found to preserve normal tissue, cause less pain, and help maintain speech and swallowing.

Many of our physicians are members of professional organizations such as the American Head and Neck Society, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Measuring the Quality of Care at the Cedars-Sinai Head & Neck Cancer Center

To continually improve upon the care given to patients at the Cedars-Sinai Head and Neck Cancer Center of Excellence, a number of factors that lead to a high quality of care are monitored. These include:

  • The volume of procedures done. Hospitals that regularly perform a particular procedure tend to have better outcomes than those that perform the procedure less frequently.
  • Readmission rates. These data exclude admissions for chemotherapy, radiation therapy, rehabilitation, dialysis, labor and delivery, death and first time admissions.
Cedars-Sinai Head & Neck Cancer Center Mortality Rate30-Day Readmission Rate
Total Inpatient Procedures 2012Observed at Cedars-SinaiExpectedCedars-Sinai Comparison Group*
*Surgical procedures to treat head and neck cancers330%2.09%3.03%7.11%

Source: UHC Clinical DataBase/Resource ManagerTM, patients discharged between January 2012 and December 2012; data accessed on March 27, 2013

UHC is an alliance of 119 academic medical centers and 293 of their affiliated hospitals representing approximately 90% of the nation's non-profit academic medical centers. 

* The comparison group is all available hospitals in the UHC Clinical DataBase/Resource ManagerTM database.