What is Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer is the umbrella term used to describe a number of different cancerous tumours and include cancers in:

  • the mouth (oral cavity or oral cancers)
  • tongue
  • different parts of the throat (the oropharynx, tonsils, nasopharynx and hypopharynx)
  • the nose or sinuses (nasal and sinus cancer)
  • the salivary glands
  • the middle ear

Types of head and neck cancer

There are five main types of head and neck cancer, all named according to where they develop

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Current treatments

Head and neck cancers are usually treated at specialist head and neck cancer units

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Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of head and neck and will vary depending on the location of the cancer

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Patient information

Find useful resources to support you during your treatment for head and neck cancer

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Diagnosing head and neck cancer

There are various tests that will help Doctors reach a cancer diagnosis

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Patient stories

Read some stories first-hand from our supporters who have been treated for head and neck cancer

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