Advertisement

Is there a cure for head and neck cancers?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Head and neck cancers can be cured in many individuals. As with most cancers, the possibility of cure is increased by early diagnosis, accompanied by prompt and appropriate treatment. Treatment varies with the type of cancer, as well as the extent that it has spread to surrounding tissues, lymph nodes in the region, or distant areas of the body. Potentially curative treatment includes surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy, used alone or in combination. The possibility of cure is reduced if the cancer has grown into surrounding bone, muscle, or cartilage or if it has spread (metastasized) to regional lymph nodes. Cure is rare if the cancer has metastasized to distant areas of the body.

Continue Learning about Head & Neck Cancers

What are the types of head and neck cancer in children?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Types of head and neck Cancers in children include:    * Cancer of the Nose and Throat    * Esthesio...
More Answers
What types of cancer develop in the nose and sinuses?
Joshua B. Bederson, MDJoshua B. Bederson, MD
Malignant (cancerous) tumors of the nose and sinuses (sinonasal) are relatively rare and include...
More Answers
Is the swelling in front of my ear a type of head and neck cancer?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
A swelling in front of an ear is most likely caused by an enlarged parotid gland, which is the large...
More Answers
What do I need to know about caring for someone with head and neck cancer?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
Caring for people with head and neck cancer involves helping them deal with the effects of the cance...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.