Cancers that are known collectively as head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells that line the mucosal surfaces of the head and neck (for example, those inside the mouth, throat and tonsils). These cancers are referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Head and neck cancers can also begin in the salivary glands, sinuses or muscles or nerves in the head and neck. Thyroid cancer also is considered a head and neck cancer at Summa Health.
Since each type of head and neck cancer is unique, with different signs, symptoms, risk factors and prevention strategies, the healthcare professionals at Summa Health combine the latest technology with a comprehensive course of cancer treatment options. We take a multidisciplinary approach to care and coordinate care between ENT, plastics/reconstruction, medical oncology, radiation oncology, dental care, supportive services and more.
Signs and symptoms of head and neck cancers can include:
Many cancers of the head and neck can be cured, especially if they are found early. At Summa Health, we offer the latest treatments for head and neck cancers, with a full range of services tailored for you and your unique needs.
Although eliminating the cancer is the primary goal of treatment, preserving the function of the nearby nerves, organs and tissues are also very important. When developing a treatment plan, we consider how treatment might affect a person’s quality of life, including how an individual feels, looks, talks, eats and breathes.
Head and neck cancers are usually treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, or a combination of these treatments. Treatment recommendations are based on a number of factors including: