Head & Neck Cancer

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New Blood Test Could Monitor Cancer Patients for Recurrence

Researchers developed an HPV blood test that could be used to monitor head and neck cancer patients for recurrence after treatment.

By Diane Domina

HPV and Head and Neck Cancer: What You Should Know

It's the most common sexually transmitted infection. And it's a rising cause of throat cancer. How can you protect yourself?

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

Head and Neck Cancer Treatment: Nutrition Tips

Treatment for these cancers can leave you without an appetite and with trouble eating normally. But there are still ways to eat well to stay as healthy as possible. Here, a cancer dietitian nutritionist shares her top tips.

By Stephanie Stephens

How a Dentist’s Brush With Throat Cancer Changed How He Cares for Patients

Bruce, a dentist with 40 years of experience, knew the importance of oral cancer screening. But he never expected to be diagnosed with the cancer himself.

By Sheila M. Eldred

What Are the Different Types of Head and Neck Cancer?

Head and neck cancer is a group of different cancers in the mouth, nose, and throat. Learn about the main types here.

By Lara DeSanto

Throat Cancer: What You Need to Know

Learn more about this group of cancers, from risk factors to treatments.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

What's in a Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care Plan?

A care plan ensures that you and your doctors are on the same page about your post-cancer treatment.

By Sheila M. Eldred

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Throat Cancer Patient Discusses Two Cancer Type Treatments

Anne Pirrera’s throat cancer had returned when she learned she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Here she talks about living with two cancer types.

By Elizabeth Millard

10 Famous People Who Fought Head and Neck Cancer

Fact: Two U.S. presidents and one member of the Beatles dealt with head and neck cancer diagnoses.

By Lara DeSanto

Life After Tonsil Cancer: One Woman’s Food Journey

When Lisa lost part of her tongue to an aggressive throat cancer, she had to get creative about food.

By Sheila M. Eldred

Meet the Experts

Sheila M. Eldred

Health Writer

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred has written for The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, STAT News, and other publications.

Kathleen Hall, MBA

Health Writer

Kathleen Hall writes articles for consumer and health professionals as well as health care marketing material for corporate clients.

Rachel Zohn

Health Writer

Rachel Zohn is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about all things related to health, wellness, and the human body.

Sheila M. Eldred

Health Writer

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred has written for The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, STAT News, and other publications.

Health News

Reflux Disease May Be Linked to Several Cancers

Can GERD increase your risk of esophageal or head and neck cancer?

Lockjaw After Head and Neck Cancer Treatment: What You Should Know

Trismus, or “lockjaw,” is a common complication for people with head and neck cancer. Here’s why it happens and what you can do about it.

New Generic Drug Could Improve Treatment for Opioid Dependence

The approved the first generic versions of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film for the treatment of opioid dependence to improve access to these medications for people who need them.