Cancer can affect many areas of the head and neck, including the lip, oral cavity, salivary glands, nasal sinuses and nasal cavity, voice box, lymph nodes, skin and thyroid. The symptoms will vary, depending on which area the cancer has affected. The most common head and neck cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, which looks like a lump or ulcer. Other persistent symptoms (lasting more than three weeks) that may indicate cancer are hoarseness, a stuffy nose, trouble swallowing, mouth sores or masses that won’t heal, and a sore throat.
Treatment for cancers of the head and neck include:
Patients who have been treated for cancer in the throat, voice box, mouth and other areas of the head and neck may experience changes to speech, eating and diet from the treatments used or the tumors themselves.
AnMed Health is also a member of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). This program is a national network of cancer care providers, investigators and medical institutions. AnMed is proud to work with NCORP through our affiliation with Upstate Carolina Consortium to improve cancer diagnoses and treatment practices. The Upstate Carolina Consortium (NCORP) integrates three affiliates who together have a well-established history of NCI research participation: AnMed Health, Bon Secours St. Francis and Spartanburg Regional. Together, we bring cancer research to larger and more diverse patient populations to improve the quality of life and survival in cancer patients. Learn more about the Clinical Trials that AnMed Health has access to.
View the AnMed Health Cancer Care 2017 Major Site Report for Head and Neck Cancer (PDF).