Head and Neck Cancer

head and neck anatomyCancers that are known collectively as head and neck cancers usually begin in the cells that line the moist, mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck (for example, inside the mouth, the nose, and the throat). These cells are called squamous cells, so cancers in the head and neck are often referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Head and neck cancers can also begin in the salivary glands, but salivary gland cancers are relatively uncommon.

At Huntman Cancer Institute, head and neck cancers are treated by a team of  specialists, including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, endocrinologists, speech therapists, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals. Learn more about our Head and Neck Cancer Program.

Types of Head and Neck Cancer
Education and Support

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Types of Head and Neck Cancer

View our patient education factsheets about common surgeries for head and neck cancers:

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Support

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, concerns about treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are common. You may also worry about caring for your family, employment, or how to continue normal daily activities.

There are several places you can go for support:

  • Your health care team can answer your questions and talk to you about your concerns. They can help you with any side effects and keep you informed of all your treatments, test results, and future doctor visits.
  • The G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center has hundreds of free brochures and more than 3,000 books, DVDs, and CDs available for checkout. You can browse the library, perform Internet research, or talk with a cancer information specialist. Call 801-581-6365 or toll free 1-888-424-2100, or e-mail patient.education@hci.utah.edu.
  • Our Patient and Family Support Services offer emotional support and resources for coping with cancer and its impact on daily life to HCI patients and their families.
  • The Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness-Survivorship Center offers many programs to increase the quality of life and well-being of HCI patients and their families.

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ctt line breakAdapted from the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query (PDQ®) Cancer Information Summaries

*If you are interested in a trial that is currently marked *Not Open, please contact the Patient Education team at 1-888-424-2100 or patient.education@hci.utah.edu for other trial options. Enrollment is updated daily.

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HCI Resources

Make An Appointment

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Head and Neck Cancer Program
Care coordinator: Keri Carter
Phone: 801-585-0193
E-mail: keri.carter@hci.utah.edu

Did You Know?

  • Head and neck cancers account for about 3-5% of all cancers in the United States.
  • Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancers are linked to tobacco use.
  • People who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk for developing these cancers than people who use tobacco or alcohol alone.
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