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  Head and neck cancer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Head and neck cancers are malignant growths located in the oral cavity (mouth), nasal cavity, pharynx, larynx, thyroid, paranasal sinuses, salivary glands and lymph nodes of the upper neck.
Head and neck cancers are generally squamous cell carcinomas, meaning they originated from the squamous cells that line the upper digestive tract; however, adenocarcinomas are most often found in the salivary glands.
The term throat cancer is sometimes used as a layman's term for a cancer of the larynx or pharynx, a cancer that has metastasized to the lymph nodes of the neck, or even esophageal cancer.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Head_&_neck_cancers   (297 words)

  
 Sloan-Kettering - Head & Neck Cancers: Overview
The term "head and neck cancer" encompasses a wide range of tumors that occur in several areas of the head and neck region, including the nasal passages, sinuses, mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), swallowing passages, salivary glands, and the thyroid gland.
Head and neck cancer can develop in anyone, but people who use tobacco (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco) or drink alcohol excessively are much more likely than others to develop the disease.
Oral cancer is cancer that arises in the mouth, or oral cavity.
www.mskcc.org /mskcc/html/9983.cfm   (876 words)

  
 National Cancer Institute - Head and Neck Cancer: Questions and Answers
Head and neck cancers are identified by the area in which they begin (see Question 2).
Typical symptoms of head and neck cancer include a lump or sore (for example, in the mouth) that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice (see Question 5).
Cancers of the brain, eye, and thyroid as well as those of the scalp, skin, muscles, and bones of the head and neck are not usually grouped with cancers of the head and neck.
www.cancer.gov /cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/head-and-neck   (3427 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancers | Principal Health News
Almost half of all the head and neck cancers occur in the oral cavity, and a third of the cancers are found in the larynx.
Roughly 10% of all cancers are related to the head and the neck.
Cancers of the nasopharynx are different from the other head and neck cancers in that there does not appear to be any association between alcohol and tobacco use and the development of the cancer.
www.principalhealthnews.com /topic/headneckcancer   (2614 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancers | American Association for Cancer Research
Head and neck cancer patients on average are in their 50s and 60s.
Head and neck cancers may initially be detected by dentists, general practitioners and otolaryngologists.
Cancers of the larynx frequently cause hoarseness early in their course, and therefore may be detected at an early stage if appropriate diagnostic tests are performed.
www.aacr.org /page3019.aspx   (1108 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancers: Treatment Options - Rhode Island Cancer Council, Inc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
It is performed to remove cancerous lymph nodes from the neck and possibly cancerous lymph nodes from the body.
Neck dissection is sometimes performed in conjunction with radiation therapy for patients with a neck lump or mass.
The top of the lungs actually enter the neck and the lining of the lung can be injured during a neck dissection resulting in a collapsed lung requiring a tube in the chest for a short time to reinflate the lung.
www.ricancercouncil.org /facts/hntreat.php   (1366 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancer Therapy
The most common type of cancer in the head and neck is squamous cell carcinoma, which arises in the cells that line the inside of the nose, mouth and throat.
In head and neck cancer, a spread to the lymph nodes in the neck is relatively common.
In addition, a neck dissection to remove involved lymph nodes in the neck may be necessary if the amount of disease in the neck nodes is relatively extensive or if the cancer in the neck nodes has not been eliminated completely by the end of the radiation therapy course.
www.radiologyinfo.org /content/therapy/thera-hd_neck.htm   (2167 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancers - Otolaryngology (ENT) Ear, Nose, Throat Surgery
Head and neck cancers are cancers that usually begin in the squamous cells that line the structures found in the head and neck.
Cancers of the brain, eye and thyroid usually are not included in this category of head and neck cancers.
Cancers of the scalp, skin, muscles and bones of the neck are also usually not considered cancers of the head and neck.
www.stronghealth.com /services/surgical/ENT/headneckcancer.cfm   (284 words)

  
 Head and Neck main
Cancers of the oral cavity and tongue will usually be first noticed as a sore or lump in the mouth that does not go away.
If a cancer is present, the surgeon must determine the stage of the tumor, and the exact areas of the oral cavity involved by the tumor.
Cancers of the oral cavity and tongue are often aggressive and need to be treated as early in their course as possible.
www.berksent.com /oral-tongue_cancer.html   (516 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancers
The cancer is only in the area where it started and has not spread to lymph nodes in the area or to other parts of the body (lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures that are found throughout the body; they produce and store infection-fighting cells).
The cancer has spread to more than one lymph node on the same side of the neck as the cancer, to lymph nodes on one or both sides of the neck, or to any lymph node that measures more than 6 centimeters (over 2 inches).
The cancer is any size and has spread to more than one lymph node on the same side of the neck as the cancer, to lymph nodes on one or both sides of the neck, or to any lymph node that measures more than 6 centimeters (over 2 inches).
www.health-news-and-information.com /4cfvhs/libv/c24.shtml   (2360 words)

  
 Mouth, Head, and Neck Cancers, Cancers, THE MERCK MANUAL OF HEALTH & AGING
Cancer of the mouth (oral cancer) and cancers of the head and neck area are common, and they are among the most deadly cancers known.
Cancers in the larynx and throat may cause hoarseness and a feeling of fullness, as if something is stuck in the throat.
Doctors direct the radiation to the areas from which cancerous tissue was removed, as well as to other areas in the head and neck that are at risk for cancer spread.
www.merck.com /pubs/mmanual_ha/sec3/ch51/ch51f.html   (751 words)

  
 National Foundation for Cancer Research - Cancer Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Head and neck cancers originate in the throat, larynx (voice box), pharynx, salivary glands, or oral cavity (lip, mouth, tongue).
Most head and neck cancers involve squamous cells, which are cells that line the mouth, throat, or other structures.
Treatment for head and neck cancers depend on the stage and location, and is addressed under the following sections: Cancer of the Throat, Cancer of the Larynx, Cancer of the Pharynx, Cancer of the Salivary Glands, and Cancer of the Oral Cavity.
www.researchforacure.com /treatment.aspx?id=740   (615 words)

  
 Head and Neck Tumors
Head and neck tumors should not only be the concern of head and neck surgeons, radiotherapists and oncologists, but also all primary care physicians and dentists.
The establishment of a diagnosis of head and neck cancer at an early stage significantly improves the prospect of curative therapy.
Further evidence of the importance of type of exposure and site of cancer is the high incidence of cancer of the hard palate in populations that practice reverse smoking, i.e., where the burning end of the cigarette is kept in the mouth during smoking, in parts of India, Sardinia, Venezuela and Panama.
www.bcm.edu /oto/studs/hnt.html   (2470 words)

  
 What is Head and Neck Cancer?
Particularly in the South, head and neck cancers originating in the lining of the mouth and throat are of particular concern because there is a known link between the development of head and neck cancer and the use of tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) and alcohol.
Head and neck cancers are those that arise in certain structures of the head and neck, including the mouth or oral cavity, the salivary glands, the sinuses and nasal cavity, the pharynx and larynx (structures in the neck), lymph nodes in the neck, the thyroid gland and skin cancers.
According to the National Cancer Institute, symptoms of head and neck cancers may include difficulty swallowing, a change or hoarseness in the voice, a sore throat that does not go away and a lump or sore that does not heal.
www.mcghealth.org /printer/internet/News/Press_Releases05/3_15_05b.html   (560 words)

  
 SOME SMOKERS CAN'T QUIT EVEN AFTER SUFFERING HEAD AND NECK CANCERS
Even a bout with head and neck cancer cannot stop some people from smoking, despite many indicating that they want to quit, according to a new study.
Head and neck cancer patients who continue to smoke also score substantially lower on measures of quality of life than those who have kicked the habit, according to the study published in the April issue of the journal General Hospital Psychiatry.
The researchers recruited 81 nonterminal head and neck cancer patients, most of whom were white and male, from the VA and university hospital.
www.hbns.org /newsrelease/neck5-3-02.cfm   (454 words)

  
 Sloan-Kettering - Head & Neck Cancers
Memorial Sloan-Kettering's comprehensive Head and Neck Disease Management Team is a world leader in treatment and post-treatment services, in basic science and clinical research, and in the training of the next generation of specialists devoted to these diseases.
Head and neck cancers can develop in anyone, but people who use tobacco or drink alcohol excessively are at much greater risk.
Many cancers of the head and neck can be cured, especially if they are found early.
www.mskcc.org /mskcc/html/338.cfm   (307 words)

  
 NICE Guidelines for head and neck cancers, UK   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Head and neck cancer is a general name for many different, but uncommon forms of cancers.
They include cancers of the mouth, lip or tongue (oral cancers), or the upper parts of the throat (larynx and pharynx) as well as some rare forms of cancer of the salivary glands, nose or nerves and bones of the head and neck.
For health services, head and neck cancers present particular challenges because of the complexity of the anatomical structures and functions affected, the variety of professional disciplines involved in caring for patients, and the relatively sparse geographical distribution of patients requiring specialised forms of therapy or support.”
www.pharma-lexicon.com /medicalnews.php?newsid=16984   (1055 words)

  
 Head and Neck Masses   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Primary tumors of the head and neck typically spread to the lymph nodes in the neck.
About 90% of head and neck cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use, and the deaths from these cancers are largely preventable.
Head and neck cancers may be treated by some combination of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery, depending on their nature.
www.entcolumbia.org /hnmass.htm   (753 words)

  
 Learn About Cancer: Head and Neck Cancer Disease and Treatment Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Cancers frequently categorized as "head and neck cancer" are: oral cancer (including gums and tongue), cancer of the pharynx (throat), cancer of the larynx (voice box), cancer occurring in the sinus passages, the thyroid and the salivary glands.
The Head and Neck Oncology Program generally refers esophogeal cancer to Thoracic Oncology, and tumors of the brain are most often treated by Neurologic Oncology.
Patients who have been referred by their doctor with a suspicion of cancer of the head and neck region will be scheduled to see one of our faculty physicians.
www.cancer.med.umich.edu /learn/headneckinfo.htm   (460 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancers: The Facts - Rhode Island Cancer Council, Inc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Head and Neck Cancer is a group of cancers that includes tumors in several areas above the collar bone.
The oral cavity includes the lips, the buccal mucosa (the lining inside the lips and cheeks), the teeth, the floor of the mouth under the tongue, the front two-thirds of the tongue (the portion that moves), the hard palate (the bony top of the mouth), the gums, and the small area behind the wisdom teeth.
Cancers beginning in this layer of cells are called squamous cell carcinoma or squamous cell cancer.
www.ricancercouncil.org /facts/hnfacts.php   (1558 words)

  
 Drug combination boosts survival rate in head and neck cancers
Using data obtained from treating 72 patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, the researchers project that the three-drug combination would result in a 95 percent two-year survival rate and a 90 percent five-year survival rate.
Cancers of the head and neck are diagnosed in more than 40,000 people in the United States each year, with about 7,200 deaths.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www.danafarber.org) is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2005-05/dci-dcb051205.php   (408 words)

  
 Focusing on Head and Neck Cancers - Health Talk and You - Health Information for Minnesotans, the University of ...
Cancer that starts in the oral cavity the lips, gums, tongue, inside of the mouth, and back of the throat is the most common and deadliest type of head and neck cancer.
Laryngeal cancer, or cancer of the larynx, or voice box, is the second most common type of head and neck cancer.
Many research studies are underway to improve the treatment of head and neck cancers, including a University of Minnesota study to determine which treatment method is most effective for saving the larynx or voice box of a patient with laryngeal cancer.
www.healthtalk.umn.edu /healthtalk/topics/headandneckcancers/home.html   (685 words)

  
 GNN - Blood Test for Head and Neck Cancers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Head and neck cancers, which include tumors of the esophagus, throat, tongue, and mouth, account for five to seven percent of all cancers in the United States and an even higher percentage throughout the world.
It detected 83 percent of all head and neck cancer patients and 80 percent of healthy smokers.
He says that initially the test may be more valuable for testing a population of patients, such as smokers, who have a greater risk for developing head and neck cancers than the general population.
www.genomenewsnetwork.org /articles/2004/02/20/head_and_neck.php   (412 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancers
Head and neck cancers are malignancies arising in the upper aerodigestive tract (this includes: lip, tongue, salivary glands, mouth, oropharynx, nasopharynx, hypopharynx, nasal cavity, and larynx).
Laryngeal (voice-box) cancer is the most frequent type, accounting for about a quarter of head and neck cancers.
British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists A national association founded in 1967 to encourage discussion and knowledge sharing between the many clinical and research specialties involved in the management of head and neck cancer.
www.cancerindex.org /clink45p.htm   (394 words)

  
 Head and Neck   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Head and Neck cancers refer to a diverse group of cancers that involve this region of the body with exclusion of cancers of
Sinusitis, obstruction of one nostril, nose bleed, hoarseness, repeated or chronic ear infection, difficulty swallowing and eventually feeling a lump in the neck are among the common manifestation of these cancers.
If patients present with a lump in their neck, or an enlarged lymph gland, a fine needle aspiration or a surgical biopsy may be indicated.
tirgan.com /headnck.htm   (538 words)

  
 Head and Neck Cancers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Head and neck cancers comprise many different forms, including brain, eyes, spine, salivary gland, thyroid, sinuses, mouth, throat (pharynx) and voice box (larynx).
The physician determines the stage of the cancer based on the tumor's size and location, the size and number of lymph nodes affected and how much it has spread to distant parts of the body.
In later-stage cancers, chemotherapy is used to shrink the tumor and relieve pain.
www.csmc.edu /pf_2081.html   (264 words)

  
 ACS :: HPV Linked to Some Head and Neck Cancers
Gillison and her colleagues tested tumor tissues from 253 patients with head and neck cancers and found 25 percent of the cases were HPV-positive.
And, HPV-positive oral cancers are excellent candidates for treatment with one of the therapeutic HPV vaccines that are now in clinical trials for cervical cancer," she says.
At Johns Hopkins, researchers are planning to test HPV vaccines in patients with oropharyngeal cancers – including cancers of the tonsils, the soft palate, posterior pharynx and base of the tongue, according to a news article published in JNCI.
www.cancer.org /docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_HPV_Linked_to_Some_Head_and_Neck_Cancers.asp   (761 words)

  
 Cancers of Head and Neck
Cancers of the head and neck are malignant tumors that arise in the mouth, tongue, pharynx (in back of the mouth) and larynx (voice box).
Head and neck cancers are often referred to as squamous cell carcinomas because most head and neck cancers begin in squamous cells.
Cancers of the head and neck are classified by the area in which they begin:
www.healthatoz.com /healthatoz/Atoz/dc/caz/canc/head/head_gen_ovw.jsp   (527 words)

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