Quality of Head & Neck Cancer Care

At the Cedars-Sinai Head & Neck Cancer Program, 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 Program 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, as well as transoral robotic surgery, has been found to preserve normal tissue, cause less pain, and help maintain speech and swallowing.

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 Program

To continually improve upon the care given to patients at the Cedars-Sinai Head and Neck Cancer Program of Excellence, a number of factors that lead to a high quality of care are monitored. These outcomes are compared to the expected outcomes, if available, for a clinically similar patient population. These include:

  • Length of Stay: The length of stay  is the number of actual days the patient was hospitalized.
  • Survival:The percentage of patients who were discharged alive.
  • 30 Day Readmission: These data exclude admissions for chemotherapy, radiation therapy rehabilitation, dialysis, labor and delivery, death, and first time admissions.


Cedars-Sinai Head & Neck Cancer Program  Length of Stay IndexPatient Survival 330 Day Readmission Rate
Total  Inpatients Cases 2013Cedars-
*Comparison GroupCedars-
*Comparison GroupCedars-
*Comparison Group
For patients with a diagnosis of Head or Neck Cancer500.920.9898.00%98.82%0.00%7.13%


Source: UHC Clinical DataBase/Resource Manager, patients discharged between January 2013 and December 2013; data accessed on May 23, 2014.

UHC is an alliance of 120 academic medical centers and 301 of their affiliated hospitals representing the nation's leading academic medical centers. The majority of these facilities participate in the Clinical DataBase/Resource Manager

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

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