Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center uses the some of the latest research, technologies and therapies to help you manage your head and neck cancer. Our multidisciplinary team approach is designed to meet your individual needs. At Banner MD Anderson, our caring doctors are highly specialized and accomplished in spotting signs and symptoms, diagnosing and treating head and neck cancers.
Head and neck cancers typically start in areas such as the mouth, nose or throat and affect swallowing, speech and hearing. Banner MD Anderson’s Head and Neck Center treats many different types of head and neck tumors, including those occurring on or in the mouth, throat, larynx, thyroid, salivary glands, skin, nose, sinus, skull, ears, eyes and neck.
Cancers of the head and neck account for 6% of all cancers with approximately 110,000 people diagnosed every year in the United States. Men are more likely to get head and neck cancer, but the number of women diagnosed is on the rise. Head and neck cancers are diagnosed most in patients older than age 50. The leading cause of head and neck cancer is tobacco and alcohol use. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are the main cause for oropharyngeal cancer.
At Banner MD Anderson, we use a comprehensive approach to your care, ensuring you are informed throughout every step. Oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists and plastic surgeons, with specialized training in head and neck cancer, along with nurses, speech pathologists, audiologists, nutritionists, psychologists and social workers work seamlessly together Studies show that being treated by this multidisciplinary team reduces toxicity and improves outcomes.
The leading cause of head and neck cancer is tobacco use. Additionally, people who drink heavily or have human papillomavirus (HPV) are at higher risk for developing the disease.
There are many different types of head and neck cancers depending on where they’re located in the body. Common symptoms include sore throat or trouble chewing or swallowing.
In general, head and neck cancers are diagnosed in later stages, making it more difficult to treat. Doctors can use tests such as a physical exam, blood test, biopsy and image testing to help diagnose head and neck cancer and determine whether it has spread to other parts of the body.
Many people with head and neck cancers can achieve remission if caught early. Depending on the cancer’s stage, your doctor might recommend surgery (including advanced reconstructive surgery), chemotherapy and targeted therapy, precision radiation therapy or other treatments. At Banner MD Anderson, we work with you to determine the treatment options that best meet your specific needs. And we’re here to support you every step of the way. All patients are considered for groundbreaking clinical research trials, based on eligibility.