Head & Neck Cancers
- Q What is the most common head and neck cancer?
Laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma is the most common head and neck cancer in the United States. This tumor is located in the larynx (voice box), which is a tube-like structure in the neck at the top of the trachea (windpipe). The larynx contains the... Full Answer
- Q How does oropharyngeal cancer affect the body?
The symptoms of oropharyngeal cancer depend on the location of the cancer within the oropharynx. If your cancer involves the base of your tongue, for instance, you may have difficulty moving your tongue. Also, the muscle that you use to chew may tighten... Full Answer
- Q What are the stages of oropharyngeal cancer?
Stage 0 cancer, also called carcinoma in situ, has not invaded any local tissue (Tis N0 M0). Stage I cancer is restricted to the oropharynx and the primary tumor is smaller than two centimeters (T1 N0 M0). Stage II cancer is also restricted to the... Full Answer
- Q How is oropharyngeal cancer diagnosed?
When diagnosing oropharyngeal cancer, the doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical exam with attention to the head, neck, mouth, and throat. During the exam, the doctor may use a small mirror with a long handle to better see the inside... Full Answer