Head and neck cancer refers to a group of similar cancers that start in the head or neck region and includes cancers of the mouth, nose, sinuses, salivary glands, throat, and lymph nodes in the neck. Head and neck cancer is strongly associated with certain environmental and lifestyle risk factors, including tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, UV light, and certain strains of viruses, such as human papillomavirus. This type of cancer is highly curable if detected early, usually with some form of surgery, but radiation therapy may also play an important role. Surgery for head and neck cancers often is accompanied by side effects such as changes in the ability to chew, swallow, or talk, and some may have an altered appearance due to surgery.
Feinstein Institute researchers are developing advanced methods for cancer treatment aimed at specifically targeting cancerous cells and sparing normal surrounding tissue.
Feinstein Institute investigators who study head and neck cancer include Douglas Frank.