Head and neck cancers include cancers of the oral cavity (the mouth, gums, and tongue), lips, salivary glands, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), and the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. Each year in the United States, more than 35,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity or pharynx, and more than 12,000 are diagnosed with cancer of the larynx. There are an estimated 240,000 survivors of oral or pharyngeal cancer living in the United States today, along with an estimated 93,000 survivors of laryngeal cancer. In an effort to improve both survival and quality of life among people with head and neck cancer, researchers have explored new approaches to surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and supportive care (care to manage cancer symptoms and treatment side effects). Understanding head and neck cancer treatment options, the role of different doctors specializing in the treatment of head and neck cancer, and how and when to access new and innovative head and neck cancer treatment options available through clinical trials is essential in order to achieve the best outcome from head and neck cancer treatment. The Cancer Consultants Head and Neck Cancer Information Center has been designed to help patients understand head and neck cancer and head and neck cancer treatment options while providing ongoing information, inspiration, support, and community to individuals affected by a diagnosis of head and neck cancer.
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