Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary

Expert treatment for neck cancer in San Diego

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Expert treatment for neck cancer in San Diego

Scripps cancer specialists treat metastatic squamous neck cancer with advanced surgical and radiation methods. We also provide specialized treatment for voice and swallowing disorders related to neck cancer care.


Our cancer teams personalize treatment to eliminate cancer while maintaining your quality of life. In addition, our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

Metastatic squamous neck cancer treatment

“Occult primary” means “of unknown origin.” Metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary is a type of head and neck cancer that involves the spread of squamous cell cancer from an unknown part of the body to lymph nodes in the neck or collarbone area.


Metastatic squamous neck cancer treatment usually involves surgery, radiation therapy or both. Your Scripps cancer care team will customize your neck cancer treatment plan based on several factors, including:


  • Whether the cancer can be completely removed with surgery
  • How far cancer has spread
  • Your age and overall health

Metastatic squamous neck cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer are locations.

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps helps you along every step of your cancer journey.