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Head and neck cancer is a family of cancers that affect part of the head or neck. Cancer starts in the tissues of the affected organ. For example, thyroid cancer forms in the tissues or cells of the thyroid, and tongue cancer starts in the tongue's tissues.

Head and Neck Cancer: What You Need to Know


The expert physicians and staff in our Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic are dedicated to providing you with superior care. In a single visit to the clinic, you may see a:

  • Radiation oncologist
  • Head and neck surgeon
  • Medical oncologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Speech and language specialist
  • Cancer patient support specialist

This approach helps ensure that the latest treatment guidelines are followed and enhances communication between specialists involved in your care.

Personalized Care

You will have a dedicated Nurse Navigator to coordinate your care throughout your cancer care experience. Your navigators will serve as your first contact, providing education, playing a central role in coordinating tests and appointments, and communicating with your providers.

Experienced, Trusted Expertise

The University of Vermont Medical Center and The UVM Cancer Center provide you with access to nationally recognized experts in head and neck cancer care and research. As a university hospital and health system, our team provides the most advanced care backed by research: we make all diagnostic and treatment recommendations based on the latest thinking in the field. Most of our doctors not only treat patients, but also serve as professors at the UVM College of Medicine and participate in a thriving cancer research program.

What is Head and Neck Cancer ?

Head and neck cancer could be any of the following:

  • Thyroid cancer
  • Tongue cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Floor of mouth cancer
  • Gum and other mouth cancer
  • Nasopharynx cancer
  • Tonsil cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Oropharynx cancer
  • Hypopharynx cancer

Risk factors vary depending on your exact cancer diagnosis.

Head and Neck Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

The best tests to diagnose and treatments for your head and neck cancer depend upon the type of cancer. Physicians at The UVM Medical Center are highly trained in diagnosing and treating head and neck cancer. Our knowledgeable doctors see approximately 125 patients each year for diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancers.

Learn more about head and neck cancer diagnosis and treatment.