WVU Medicine’s oncology specialists are devoted to caring for patients with both cancerous, pre-cancerous, and benign head and neck conditions. West Virginians have a higher rate of head and neck cancer than the national average, and tobacco and alcohol use are the main causes of the disease. WVU Medicine providers work as a team to ensure that you receive preventive screening, accurate diagnosis, and the most advanced oncology treatment.

Conditions We Treat

The symptoms of head and neck cancer can vary based on the affected location. Early detection is key, so please see your healthcare provider if you notice any physical changes, like a lump or sore, in the head and neck area. Head and neck cancer includes tumors affecting the following areas:

  • Lymph nodes in the neck
  • Mouth
  • Nose
  • Salivary glands
  • Sinuses
  • Throat
  • Thyroid
  • Tongue
  • Voice box

Evaluation and Treatment

WVU Medicine physicians perform a full exam and order tests to gather information about any cancerous tumors you might have and how the tumors could be treated. Treatments for head and neck cancer often combine the use of medical, surgical, and radiological interventions to provide the highest level of patient care. We believe in tailoring treatment plans to each patient to maximize survival and to provide improved quality of life during and after treatment.

Our team embraces the latest surgical technologies and therapies for diagnosing and treating head and neck cancer, including:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Laser technology
  • Lymph node/neck dissection
  • Microvascular reconstructive surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Robotic surgery

Appointments and Directions

855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273)
1 Medical Center Drive
WVU Cancer Institute
Morgantown, WV 26506

The Referral Office schedules your “new patient” or first appointment. To schedule your first appointment, please call 877-427-2894 (toll free) or 304-598-4500 and ask for the referral office.

The MBRCC clinic has an automated appointment reminder system that calls you 24-48 hours before a scheduled appointment. Please be aware that calls may not be recognized by caller ID.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your first appointment, please call the Cancer Center and ask for the Referral Office at 304-598-4500.a>

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Mohammed Almubarak, MD


Associate Professor
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Cancer Institute
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Jeffson Chung, MD


Assistant Professor
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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Tanya Fancy, MD, MBBS, FACS


Assistant Professor
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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Rusha Patel, MD, FACS


Assistant Professor
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Meghan Turner, MD


Assistant Professor
J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
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