Head and Neck Cancer

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Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center uses the latest research, technologies and therapies to help you manage your head and neck cancer. Our team approach ensures you receive the best care for your individual needs. Banner MD Anderson’s caring doctors are highly specialized and accomplished in spotting signs and symptoms, diagnosing and treating head and neck cancers.

What Is Head and Neck Cancer?

Head and neck cancers typically start in areas such as the mouth, nose or throat and affect swallowing, speech and hearing. Banner MD Anderson’s Head and Neck Center treats many different types of head and neck tumors, including those occurring on or in the mouth, throat, larynx, thyroid, salivary glands, skin, nose, sinus, skull, ears, eyes and neck.

Who Gets Head and Neck Cancer?

Cancers of the head and neck account for 6% of all cancers with approximately 110,000 people diagnosed every year in the United States. Men are more likely to get head and neck cancer, but the number of women diagnosed is on the rise. Head and neck cancers are diagnosed most in patients older than age 50. The leading cause of head and neck cancer is the use of tobacco and alcohol.

What Kind of Doctor Treats Head and Neck Cancer?

Banner MD Anderson uses a comprehensive approach to your care, ensuring you are informed throughout every step. Oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists and plastic surgeons along with nurses, speech pathologists, audiologists, nutritionists, psychologists and social workers work seamlessly together providing the best treatment possible.

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What Causes Head and Neck Cancer?

The leading cause of head and neck cancer is smoking cigarettes. Additionally, people who drink heavily or have the human papillomavirus (HPV) are at higher risk for developing the disease.

Head and Neck Cancer Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention

What Are the Signs, Symptoms and Types of Head and Neck Cancer?

There are many different types of head and neck cancers depending on where they’re located in the body. Common symptoms include sore throat or trouble chewing or swallowing.

Head and Neck Cancer Signs, Symptoms, and Types

How Is Head and Neck Cancer Diagnosed?

In general, head and neck cancers are diagnosed in later stages, making it more difficult to treat. Doctors can use tests such as a physical exam, blood test, biopsy and image testing to help diagnose head and neck cancer and determine whether it has spread to other parts of the body.

Head and Neck Cancer Tests, Diagnosis, and Stages

How Is Head and Neck Cancer Treated?

Many people with head and neck cancers can achieve remission if caught early. Depending on the cancer’s stage, your doctor might recommend surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other treatments. Banner MD Anderson works with you to determine the best treatment options for your specific needs and supports you every step of the way.

Head and Neck Cancer Treatment and Support