Head and Neck Cancer

What is Head & Neck Cancer? 

Cancers of the mouth, sinuses, nose, or throat are known as head and neck cancers. It is heavily associated with smoking, alcohol, and chewing tobacco. Although tobacco-related head and neck cancers are much more curable on average than lung cancer, it is important that you receive the care you need with CHRISTUS Health. Since the head and neck are sensitive parts of the body, cancer treatments can often result in painful long-term side effects. Rest assured, our team is filled with knowledgeable and experienced oncologists to focus on decreasing these late toxicities.

Type of Cancers

Signs of Head & Neck Cancer

  • Red and white sores on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth
  • Jaw swelling 
  • Abnormal bleeding and excessive pain in the mouth
  • Lumps and thickening in the mouth
  • Difficulty breathing and/or speaking
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing 
  • Constant pain in the throat or ears
  • Constant sinus infections that aren't responding to antibiotics
  • Eye pain and swelling 
  • Denture problems 

Causes of Head and Neck Cancers 

Two major risk factors for head and neck cancers are associated with alcohol and tobacco. However other factors can partake such as UV light exposure and chemical exposure.

Reduce Your Risk of Developing Cancer

To help reduce your risk of developing head and neck cancer, stop smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and talk to your physician if you are experiencing any symptoms above. 

Treatments and Procedures 

Every cancer is different and the approach for treatments and procedures may differ. At CHRISTUS Health, we provide infusion therapy, external beam irradiation, and Hexapod 6DoF Robotic Couch.