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Head-Neck Cancer


Cancer that arises in the head or neck region (in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx [voice box]).


The main treatment options are surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Surgery or radiation therapy by themselves or a combination of these treatments may be part of the treatment plan.

Side Effects*

Side effects may include: dry mouth; mucositis; lymphedema; neuropathy; osteoradionecrosis; trimus; radiation fibrosis.

Tips and Tricks

A frank discussion with your doctor is very important since they know your current physical condition. It’s critically important to not be afraid to tell them any concerns you have about your side effects from the treatment. You’d be surprised that they can adjust your treatment to minimize your reaction. Above all else, don’t hesitate to ask about support groups.

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.