Head/Neck Cancer

Overview

Head and neck cancers are a broad category of cancers that occur in the head and neck region.

Types of head and neck cancers include:

  • Floor of mouth cancer
  • Lip cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Nasal cavity cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Paranasal sinus cancer
  • Parathyroid cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Soft palate cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Tongue cancer
  • Tonsil cancer

An estimated 55,000 new cases of oral cavity, pharyngeal, and laryngeal cancers occur in the United States every year, with an estimated 12,000 deaths from head and neck cancers occurring at the same time period. Alcohol and tobacco abuse are common etiologic risk factors for cancers of the head and neck. Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is now well accepted as a risk factor for the cancers of the throat. In fact, HPV-positive head and neck cancers are increasing in the United States; where as HPV-negative (alcohol and tobacco related) cancers are decreasing.

Treatment Options

Treatment depends on the type, location and size of your cancer. Treatment for head and neck cancers often involves surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Head/Neck Cancer Specialists

Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg

Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg

Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg received his Medical Oncology and Hematology training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and his Internal Medicine training at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Dr. Schwarzberg is currently seeing patients with all types of cancer, with a focus on genitourinary cancers, sarcoma/GIST and melanoma. Click here to learn more about Dr. Abraham Schwarzberg.

Dr. Sujal Shah

Dr. Sujal-Shah

Dr. Sujal Shah was born and raised in Chicago. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and his medical education at Rush University Medical School.

Dr. Shah is currently seeing all types of cancers, with a focus on Lung and Head/Neck cancers. Click here to learn more about Dr. Sujal Shah.

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson was born and raised in Orlando, FL. She attended the University of Florida, where her studies sparked her interest in nursing. After graduating from UF with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she began her nursing career at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Her area of practice was focused on post thoracic surgical care in pulmonary disease and lung transplantation. This experience introduced her to oncology nursing. Click here to learn more about Brooke Johnson.

 

Ms. Casella-Rymer

Ms. Casella-Rymer

With more than 20 years of Oncology Experience, Ms. Casella-Rymer is a board certified nurse practitioner that is currently involved in the evaluation, management and treatment of patients with both hematologic and solid tumor malignancies at the Cancer Center of South Florida.  Click here to learn more about Ms. Casella-Rymer.

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