“Head and Neck Cancer” is a phrase used to refer to a group of cancers involving structures of the face, mouth, throat, sinuses, or salivary glands. More than 75,000 cases of head and neck cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. For some areas of the head and neck, the numbers are on the rise. While historically the risk factors for head and neck cancer have involved tobacco and alcohol usage, in recent years this has changed somewhat. The human papilloma virus (HPV), in addition to tobacco and alcohol, is now known to be the cause of a growing number of cancers in certain areas within the head and neck region, even in patients with no history of tobacco usage. The symptoms of head and neck cancers may include a lump or a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty in swallowing, and changes in or hoarseness of the voice.

The diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer is complex, and it requires the efforts of a dedicated team with experience in head and neck oncology. Medical specialists involved in head and neck cancer treatment include ENT surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and dentists. Depending upon the situation, treatment may be primarily surgical, radiation, chemotherapy, or any combination of these. Ideally, the decisions regarding treatment will be based upon the input of multiple specialists.

Choosing the right team to treat head and neck cancer is important. Not all cancer centers have an interest in the treatment of these complex cancers, as they tend to require extensive technology and experience. Here at Lake Hospital/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, we have a Head and Neck Cancer team which is lead by a Medical Director, Dr. Barton.

Please call (440) 205-5755 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.