Head and Neck Cancer

It’s not just about curing the disease, it’s about preserving your appearance and helping you maintain your quality of life. The head and neck cancer team at UMass Memorial Medical Center strives to meet these goals for each and every patient.

Cancers of the head and neck include those in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat or larynx (voice box).

Diseases We Treat

We diagnose and treat tumors including:

  • Benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck
  • Congenital lesions and neck tumors
  • Laryngeal and pharyngeal tumors
  • Nasal and paranasal sinus tumors
  • Oral cavity tumors (mouth and tongue)
  • Oropharynx tumors (throat)
  • Pituitary gland tumors
  • Salivary gland tumors
  • Skin cancer of the head and neck
  • Thyroid and parathyroid gland tumors

We make every effort to preserve tissues and organs, and expertly rebuild facial, head and neck areas. In fact, your reconstructive surgery often can be performed at the same time as the initial surgery

Not Just a Team – A Small Army

The diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers often require the skills of many specialists. We bring together these specialists in a single setting (called multidisciplinary care). Here they discuss care for each patient and develop a thorough treatment program as a team. This provides you the best treatment plan possible.

You treatment plan may include:

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancers of the brain, eye, esophagus, and thyroid gland, as well as those of the scalp, skin, muscles, and bones of the head and neck, are not usually classified as head and neck cancers.