Neck Cancer Information

Team of neck cancer doctors and surgeonsMore than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer each year. Several different cancers fall under this classification, including cancers of the sinuses, pharynx, larynx (voice box), salivary glands, oral cavity, and lymph nodes of the neck.

When diagnosing or treating a patient with neck cancer, oncologists must determine which type of cells have become cancerous. This helps determine which medications, radiation therapy delivery methods, and surgical techniques would be best for the patient’s needs. The primary types of neck cancer include:

  • Adenocarcinomas – These develop in the epithelial cells that line the inside of the throat.

  • Squamous cell carcinomas – These develop in the thin, flat cells that make up the top layer of skin, as well as the lining on the inside of the esophagus and windpipe.

  • Mucoepidermoid carcinomas – These develop in the cells that produce mucous for the larynx and thyroid gland.

  • Adenoid cystic carcinomas and actinic cell carcinomas – These develop in the salivary glands in the neck.

  • Sarcomas – These develop in the bones, cartilage, or soft tissues within the throat or neck.

The ENT oncologists at Tampa General Hospital have extensive experience treating each of these unique malignancies. Our team includes a surgeon specializing in robotic procedures for head and neck cancers, as well as a number of other experienced oncologists with various sub-specialties.

At Tampa General, we take a comprehensive approach to neck cancer treatment, offering a number of therapies in one location. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, speech pathology, integrative treatments, and supportive care services are all provided by our knowledgeable and compassionate team.

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