Oncology specialists at the Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center are dedicated to treating patients with head and neck cancer, which include those affecting the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses and mouth. Regardless of the situation at hand, patients can be assured their care team will include highly skilled experts in head and neck surgery, medical and radiation oncology, oral surgery, reconstructive surgery, nutrition services, social work, as well as speech, voice and swallowing therapy.
Head and neck cancer refers to a group of biologically similar cancers that start in the lips, oral cavity (mouth), nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, pharynx and larynx. Ninety percent of head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas that originate from the epithelium (the cellular covering of internal and external body surfaces) of these regions. Head and neck cancer often spreads to the lymph nodes of the neck, which is often the first (and sometimes only) sign of the disease at the time of diagnosis.