Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer is defined as any type of cancer that arises in the head or neck region (in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx [voice box]). These cancers are more common in men and in people over age 50. It is estimated that about 39,000 men and women in the United States develop head and neck cancer each year.

For more information, visit the National Cancer Institute’s page on head and neck cancer: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/head-and-neck/

Treatment at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer’s head and neck cancer program is recognized as being among the top programs in the nation. Patients are seen in the center’s Head and Neck Cancer Clinic, which offers a number of surgical and nonsurgical multidisciplinary treatment options for benign and malignant tumors, as well as physicians working collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting to offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.

The Head and Neck Oncology program addresses both benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity, nose and paranasal sinuses, orbit, salivary glands, pharynx (throat), larynx, skull base, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and skin of the head, face, and neck. The program manages all aspects of head and neck diseases including complex reconstruction surgery and speech therapy. Clinical trials are available for many disease types.

About the Head and Neck Cancer Clinic

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Our team of head and neck cancer experts

Head and Neck Cancer Clinic:

The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital 5th Floor

2000 6th Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35233

Head and Neck Cancer Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is a nationally recognized leader in the field of head and neck cancer research. The center was the first in Alabama, as well as the Southeast, to offer the da Vinci surgical robot for head and neck cancer patients, which has shown significant improvement in the recovery and outcomes of these patients.

Clinical Trials

Related Services at UAB

UAB Division of Otolaryngology

UAB Department of Surgery

UAB Radiation Oncology

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Support & Resources


UAB Medicine

UAB School of Medicine


Head and Neck Cancer Resources

National Cancer Institute

American Cancer Society

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)

To Become a Patient

UAB HealthFinder can connect you to the service you need. You can access HealthFinder by calling (205) 934-9999 or toll-free 1-800-UAB-8816 or you can make your appointment online.

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