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Head and Neck Cancer

Expert treatment for head, neck and throat cancers

A smiling middle-aged African-American couple represents the full life that can be led after treatment for head and neck cancer.

Expert treatment for head, neck and throat cancers

Head and neck cancers affect the head, neck and throat. This includes the mouth, tongue, lips, salivary glands and larynx. Cancer that affects the skin of the head, face or neck is skin cancer.


Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center treats head and neck cancers with a variety of therapies. Oncologists personalize treatment based on the cancer type, stage, medical history and overall health. Learn more about the various types of head and neck cancer below.

Thyroid cancer

Thyroid cancer begins in the thyroid gland in the front of the neck. About 75% of thyroid cancers occur in women, and women tend to be diagnosed at a younger age than men. A family history of thyroid cancer can increase the risk.

Thyroid cancer treatment usually involves surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland. Radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy may be used to destroy cancer cells that were not removed during surgery. Thyroid hormone therapy may be part of the treatment plan to control hormone levels. Learn more about thyroid cancer.