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.
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.
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.