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Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer affects at least 65,000 American each year. It includes cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, sinuses, and saliva glands. In addition to these, skin cancers often occur in the head and neck. Symptoms of head and neck cancer include feeling a mass or bump in the mouth, mouth pain or bleeding, mouth swelling that causes dentures to not fit properly, swelling in the face or neck, neck mass, voice changes, changes in swallowing, ear pain, facial or neck pain, paralysis of the muscles of the face, difficulty or pain with mouth opening, and weight loss. Many symptoms are gradual and can easily be overlooked.

Treatment options include either one or more of the following, depending on the cancer:

     - Surgery

     - Radiation therapy

     - Chemotherapy

     - Targeted therapy and immunotherapy

Head and neck cancer is treated by a multidisciplinary team of experts at the SIU Simmons Cancer Institute Head and Neck Clinic.


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