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Head And Neck Cancers

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  • The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States, approximately 3-5 percent of all cancers will be in the head and neck region. In 2017, an estimated 63,030 people (46,290 men and 16,740 women) will develop head and neck cancer. It is estimated that 13,360 deaths (9,940 men and 3,420 women) will occur this year. These tumors can begin anywhere in the head and neck region. Treatment options are based on where a head and neck cancer starts (e.g. tongue vs. throat) because each tumor site responds to treatment type in different ways. The main two forms of treatment that can cure head and neck cancers are either radiation therapy or surgery. Sometimes, chemotherapy and/or targeted systemic therapy will be used together with radiation therapy to improve the chance that the cancer will not come back or spread to other parts of the body.
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  • WHAT TO EXPECT

    Once a cancer diagnosis is made, you will likely talk with your primary care physician along with several cancer specialists to discuss what happens before, during and after treatment.

  • CLINICAL TRIALS

    CLINICAL TRIALS

    Cancer specialists regularly conduct studies to test new treatments. These studies are called clinical trials. Clinical trials are available through cancer doctors everywhere — not just in major cities, university centers or in large hospitals.

    SIDE EFFECTS

    SIDE EFFECTS

    Most of the side effects of radiation therapy are limmited to the area being treated. Short-term side effects are related to injury to normal rapidly dividing cells. They are usually temporary, mild and treatable.

    TREATMENT TEAM

    TREATMENT TEAM

    While you undergo radiation therapy, a team of highly trained medical professionals will be working together to make sure you recieve the best possible care.
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