The term head and neck cancer describes a range of tumours. The most common sites of head and neck cancers are the oral cavity, oropharynx, nasopharynx, hypopharynx, larynx, nasal cavity and salivary glands.
Head and neck cancer occurs mainly in adults, however, some children may present with either benign or malignant tumours of the head and neck.
Treatment for head and neck cancer may include surgery and/or oncological treatments such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy. There is also increasing evidence for the use of biologically targeted agents, such as viruses. These treatments may result in physical, emotional and psychological problems. It is common for people to experience swallowing and/or speech and voice problems from the point of diagnosis, for the duration of, and beyond the completion of oncological treatments.
For more information read our Head and neck cancer factsheet.
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