Head and Neck Cancer Symptoms

Doctor and nurses updating patient chartsThe symptoms of head and neck cancer will vary depending on the specific area affected. For example, cancers can develop in the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, sinuses, salivary glands, and other structures, all of which will present with different symptoms. Additionally, some of the most common signs of head and neck cancers may also be the result of other, less serious conditions. The signs most commonly associated with specific types of head and neck cancers include, but are not limited to:

  • Oral cavity cancer
    • A mouth sore that bleeds and/or is persistent
    • A red or white patch of the gums, tongue or check
    • Swelling in or around the jaw
  • Pharynx cancer
    • Difficulty breathing and/or speaking
    • Pain when swallowing
    • Ear pain and/or difficulty hearing
  • Larynx cancer
    • A lump in the neck
    • Persistent coughing
    • Voice changes or hoarseness
  • Salivary gland cancer
    • Swelling around the jaw and/or under the chin
    • Numbness or paralysis in the face
    • Pain in the face

Tampa General Hospital is a leading destination for patients who have been diagnosed with any type of head or neck cancer. We have a team of radiation oncologists, surgeons, and other physicians who collaborate to develop personalized treatment plans for each patient. We also utilize the latest technologies and techniques to provide our patients with the best possible odds for a successful treatment outcome.

For a physician referral, please call (813) 844-2200.