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A history of heavy smoking, excessive alcohol use, and human papillomavirus (HPV) – a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) – may increase your risk of developing head and neck cancer. Symptoms can include pain, a growing neck mass, weight loss, a hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, ear pain and/or difficulty opening the mouth.

Head and neck cancers and their treatments have a significant impact on a person's appearance and ability to eat, speak, hear and even breathe. Surgeons at the Jefferson Health Center for Head and Neck Surgery offer the newest and most advanced surgical options to maximize the chance of cure and minimize the side effects for head and neck cancer patients.

Cancers may arise from many locations within the head and neck regions, including:

  • Larynx (voice box)
  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Nasal cavity
  • Salivary glands
  • Sinuses
  • Skin
  • Throat
  • Tongue
  • Tonsils

Multidisciplinary Team

Jefferson Health houses some of the most premier oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the Delaware Valley. Our surgeons will explain what to expect before, during and after your procedure.

Our radiation oncologists are continually improving patient outcomes by providing carefully coordinated and sequenced radiation therapies. Radiation therapies help to cure a significant number of our patients, and successfully slow the progress of cancers for many others.

Medical oncologists at Jefferson Health often administer chemotherapy in the form of intravenous injections of anticancer drugs or, less commonly, oral medications to kill cancer cells.

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