Head and neck tumors may be cancerous or benign (non-cancerous). Cancers of the head and neck usually begin in the cells that line the moist surfaces of the mouth, nose and throat – the squamous cells. Head and neck cancers can also begin in the glands that produce saliva – the salivary glands.
Cancers of the head and neck usually begin in the cells that line the moist surfaces of the mouth, nose and throat – the squamous cells. Head and neck cancers can also begin in the glands that produce saliva – the salivary glands. Salivary gland cancers are relatively rare, accounting for less than 1% of cancers in the United States according to the American Cancer Society.
The majority of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use, but alcohol use and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection increase risk, too.
Symptoms of head and neck cancers include a lump or sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing and a change or hoarseness in the voice.
We treat all head and neck cancers, including the rarest.
- Oral Cancers – those affecting the tongue, mouth, cheeks and lips.
- squamous cell carcinoma
- verrucous carcinoma
- oral cavity and oropharyngeal tumors
- Throat Cancer (Pharynx) – includes cancers of the base of the tongue and tonsils.
- anaplastic carcinoma
- papillary carcinoma
- follicular carcinoma
- oxyphil cell carcinoma
- medullary thyroid carcinoma
- HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer – cancer of the tonsil and base of tongue that is directly related to a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
- Laryngeal Cancer – voice box or larynx cancer, includes the vocal cords.
- Sinus and Nasal Cancer – includes paranasal and skull base cancers.
- adenoid cystic carcinoma
- Salivary Gland Cancer – cancer of the glands that produce saliva.
- Thyroid and Parathyroid Cancer and Tumors – disorders of the thyroid gland and parathyroid glands that impact the body’s hormonal function.
- Skin Cancer – skin cancer of the head and neck often requires the expertise of head and neck cancer physicians in addition to the resources available through the Skin Cancer Center.
Virtual Visits Are Available
Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We’ll gather your medical records for you and get our experts’ input so we can offer treatment options without an in-person visit. To schedule a virtual visit, call 1-866-680-0505.
Cancer and the COVID-19 Vaccine
There is currently no data that suggests current or former cancer patients should avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Cancer can weaken your immune system, so we recommend that most patients get the vaccine as soon as possible.