Head & Neck Cancer Treatment Overview

This resource was originally published by the Mayo Clinic here.


Overview

Head and neck cancers are a broad category of cancers that occur in the head and neck region.

Head and neck cancer treatment depends on the type, location and size of your cancer. Treatment for head and neck cancers often involves surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Treatments may be combined.

After treatment, recovery from head and neck cancers may involve working with rehabilitation specialists and other experts to cope with side effects, such as hearing loss, difficulty eating, dental problems, thyroid issues, difficulty breathing or difficulty speaking.

Types

  1. Esthesioneuroblastoma
  2. Floor of the mouth cancer
  3. Lip cancer
  4. Mouth cancer
  5. Nasal and paranasal tumors
  6. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
  7. Pituitary tumors
  8. Salivary gland tumors
  9. Skin cancer
  10. Soft palate cancer
  11. Throat cancer
  12. Thyroid cancer
  13. Tongue cancer
  14. Tonsil cancer

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.