Head and Neck Cancer Conditions

The vast majority of the cancers that affect the head and neck are known as squamous cell carcinomas. These cancers affect the lips, tongue, tonsil, palate, pharynx, larynx, sinuses, saliva glands, and neck lymph nodes. Skin cancers on the face, scalp, or neck are also considered to be head and neck cancers.

Although head and neck cancers make up only 7 percent of all cancers, their cosmetic changes and functional, economic, and psychosocial consequences may affect the way patients live. UT Southwestern Medical Center physicians believe that treatment and follow-up care must focus not only on keeping you free of cancer but also on restoring or preserving your vital functions such as breathing, speaking, and swallowing. Cosmetic concerns such as appearance, facial symmetry, and contour are also of utmost importance to enhance your quality of life.

UT Southwestern head and neck oncologists, together with our surgeons and physicians from our services, do their utmost to restore your hearing and balance and use of facial nerves as well as advising them on facial plastics and reconstruction when necessary.

UT Southwestern’s physicians and researchers have access to the latest scientific findings and treatments for head and neck cancer, including:

  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Lip and oral cavity cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer
  • Parathyroid cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Thyroid cancer