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Head & Neck Cancer

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Certain cancers of the mouth, nose and throat are considered head and neck cancers. They usually begin in the cells that line the moist surfaces inside these parts of the body.

Symptoms of Head & Neck Cancer

The symptoms of head and neck cancers include:

  • A lump or sore that does not heal
  • An ongoing sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Voice changes or hoarseness

These symptoms may be due to less serious conditions, so it’s important to follow up with your doctor or dentist for evaluation.

How Head & Neck Cancer is Diagnosed

Following a physical examination, you may be sent for imaging procedures. Biopsy, the removal of tissue for evaluation in the lab, is used to confirm the presence of cancer.

How Head & Neck Cancer is Treated

Your treatment will be carefully adapted to your type and stage of cancer. A team of experts from different specialties will meet regularly about your care and consult with experts from partner hospitals, such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Treatment may include:

Support Services

As you navigate cancer, you’re not alone. Cape Cod Healthcare offers a full range of support and survivorship services.

Learn More

Find in-depth information about head and neck cancers from the National Cancer Institute.

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