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.

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