Jefferson University Hospitals

Head & Neck Cancers

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A history of heavy smoking and alcohol use may make you at a higher risk of developing head and neck cancer. Symptoms can include pain, a growing neck mass, shortness of breath, weight loss, a hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, ear pain and/or difficulty opening the mouth.

Head and neck cancers and the modalities used to treat them have a significant impact on a person's appearance and ability to eat, speak, hear and even breathe. Surgeons of our 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 patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer.

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

At Jefferson, we have some of the 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 a significant number of our patients realize cures, while it successfully slows the progress of cancers for many others.

Medical oncologists at Jefferson often utilize chemotherapy, which uses systemic treatment in the form of intravenous injections of anticancer drugs or, less commonly, oral medications to kill cancer cells.