Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Head and neck cancer is a complex disease. We're here to help.

Head and neck cancer is an umbrella term used to define cancer that develops in the head and neck area, including the throat, nose, salivary glands or, most often, the mouth. Most head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, or cancers that begin in the lining of the mouth, nose and throat. Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use, and 75 percent are associated with a combination of tobacco and alcohol use. 

Technological advances and an increased awareness of the major risk factors for head and neck cancer have helped lead to a decline in incidence rates for the disease over the past few decades. Research and prevention efforts have also helped more patients survive the disease, while also helping improve their quality of life after treatment. Still, education about the various types of head and neck cancer, and their symptoms, potential side effects and available treatments, is as vital as ever.

Because of their location, head and neck tumors and treatment-related side effects may impair patients’ ability to eat, swallow and breathe. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our multidisciplinary care team of head and neck cancer experts works with patients to help them make informed decisions about their treatment options, while also offering therapies to manage potential side effects. Explore this section to learn more about head and neck cancer, its symptoms, causes and side effects, and the treatment options we offer.

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Hear stories from a survivor

Learn about Stephen's head and neck cancer journey and treatment at CTCA.

Our patient satisfaction results

See how satisfied our patients are with their treatment and care team at CTCA.

*Mean score based on a 0-100 scale

96.6

overall hospital rating

93.7

physician / surgeon satisfaction

97.2

likelihood of recom- mending services

Our hospital accreditations

Our hospitals are fully accredited by a number of renowned health care organizations.

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