Head & Neck Cancer Areas
Cancer can affect many areas of the head and neck, including:
- Lymph nodes
- Mouth and throat
- Nasal cavity
- Nasal sinuses
- Salivary glands
- Voice box
You can prevent the most common head and neck cancer—a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer begins in the middle and outer layers of your skin in the mouth, nasal passages and throat. Squamous cell cancer risk factors include tobacco use, heavy alcohol use and exposure to HPV (human papillomavirus), a sexually transmitted virus.
Your Team & Personalized Care Plan
Your care team will include different types of specialists, such as an ear, nose and throat surgeon, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist. They’ll work together to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
A dedicated patient navigator will help you feel empowered to make the best cancer care decisions for yourself. This nurse explains your diagnosis, helps you schedule appointments, and connects you to local resources, such as financial assistance and transportation.
Depending on your type of cancer and how far it’s spread, you may benefit from:
- Surgery to remove the cancerous tumor and sometimes lymph nodes from the neck
- Radiation treatment
Your cancer team may recommend surgery or radiation for early-stage cancer. More advanced cancer may need a combination of treatments. We’ll schedule frequent appointments to check on your progress and adjust the care plan as needed, so you get the right treatments at the right time.
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Specialized Care After Cancer Treatments
Head and neck cancer treatments can affect your breathing, eating and drinking, speaking, voice and appearance. Rehabilitation at our Voice Clinic can restore speech, swallowing and other skills. If you need reconstructive surgery, we’ll refer you to a plastic surgeon.
Improve your quality of life during cancer treatment by taking advantage of support services at AnMed. We’ll help you and your family cope with cancer's physical and emotional effects. Look for classes and support groups to help you connect with others and make treatment less stressful.