Overview

Mercy Health offers a full range of skilled specialists and state-of-the-art treatments for tumors of the head and neck. Head and neck cancer includes cancers of the mouth, nose, lymph nodes, sinuses, salivary glands, throat and neck, which account for about five percent of all cancers. The most common types of head and neck cancers that we treat are oral cancer, laryngeal cancer and thyroid cancer.

Head and neck cancers are more common among people over age 50 and twice as common in men than women. Tobacco and alcohol use are the two most common risk factors. 75% of head and neck cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use. However, when detected early, head and neck cancer is often curable. It can also be prevented easily through basic lifestyle changes.

Our ear, nose and throat specialists can provide testing to diagnose if you have cancer and will work with our oncology team to buils a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Common treatment plans for tumors of the head and neck can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination.

Steps to Prevent Head and Neck Cancers

  • Take the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to prevent mouth and throat cancers
  • Reduce alcohol use
  • Reduce tobacco use including exposure to secondhand smoke

Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancers

If you are experiencing any of these common symptoms of head and neck tumors, speak with your doctor right away to assess your risk and schedule any necessary tests:

  • A painless lump or swelling in the neck
  • A sore in the mouth that does not heal or that bleeds easily
  • A red or white patch in the mouth that doesn’t go away
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm for consecutive days
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
  • Hoarseness or a change in voice that lasts for two or more weeks
  • Nasal problems like frequent nosebleeds, ongoing nasal congestion or chronic sinus infections 
  • Persistent pain in the neck, throat or ears
  • A persistent sore throat
 
Why Choose Mercy Health?
Tumors and cancers in the head and the neck are often very treatable and curable. We know that to increase your chances at regaining your health, you want the best care possible. That’s why we provide treatment for patients suffering from thyroid cancer, oral cancers and laryngeal cancers with the most advanced technology and compassionate care. At Mercy Health, we treat you like family. Our sole focus is to help you be well — in mind, body, and spirit.

Common Conditions

Oral cancers
laryngeal cancer
Thyroid cancer

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