Head & Neck Cancer

Get the latest medically reviewed information on head and neck cancer, including diagnosis, risk factors, treatment, and patient stories.

Head and Neck Cancer: 11 Things To Know

Read what this oncologist wants you to know about rare but challenging head and neck cancers.

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Blood Test May Catch HPV Cancer 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

When a Dentist Gets Throat Cancer

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

Understanding Head and Neck Cancer Types

Head and neck cancer is a group of cancers that occur in the mouth, nose, and throat. Learn more about the most common types.

By Lara DeSanto

Throat Cancer: What You Need to Know

Throat cancer is not very common, so most people don't know much about it. Here’s what you should know about screening, risk factors, and more.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

Make a Care Plan After Head and Neck Cancer

A care plan ensures that you and your doctors are on the same page about your post-cancer treatment. Here's how to make yours.

By Sheila M. Eldred

Living With Two Different Cancers

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

By Elizabeth Millard

Treatment for Eating and Speaking Troubles

Head and neck cancer treatments can lead to difficulties with eating and communicating. These are some of the therapies that can help.

By Stephanie Stephens

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.

By Lara DeSanto

Life After Tonsil Cancer: One Woman’s Journey

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

By Sheila M. Eldred

11 Important Facts About Oral Cancer

Learn more about cancers of the mouth, including common risk factors, symptoms, treatments, and more.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

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 Linked to Several Cancers

Can GERD increase your risk of esophageal or head and neck cancer? Here's what the latest research says.

Lockjaw After Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

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.