About head and neck cancer
Head and neck cancers include malignant diseases of the mouth, nose, and throat. However, they not include cancers of the brain or eyes. Statistically, men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with head and neck cancer, however, this disease also occurs in women. The Calaway·Young Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs, CO offers multiple treatment options for men and women who are fighting head and neck cancer. Our gifted cancer team utilizes leading therapies to effectively and safely treat malignant tumors. We invite you or your loved one to call our cancer care facility to learn more about how we can help you.
Types of Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancers are categorized by the areas in which they are found:
- Oral cavity includes the mouth, tongue, gums, inside of the cheeks, lips, and the top and bottom of the mouth
- Pharynx or throat includes three parts: the nasopharynx, oropharynx, and larynx. This involves the area behind the nose, soft palate of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, and lower section of the throat.
- Larynx or voice box includes the vocal cords and the epiglottis (small flap in the back of the mouth)
- Paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity includes the nose and hollow spaces of the head surrounding the nose
- Salivary glands include the glands that produce saliva, which is near the base of the mouth
Head and Neck Cancer Reviews
"To my radiation team! [There] aren’t words to describe how grateful I am to all of you for easing the pain of this journey and making it possible for my recovery from this horrible disease. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your caring, friendship, and compassion. I love you all!!"- B.G. / Office Visit / Oct 09, 2014
"Thanks for all the TLC you all have given us through [patient's] treatments. It takes special people to do special jobs and we have been surrounded by the very best. Your caring hearts, warm smiles and encouraging words have lightened this journey for us."- D.A. / Office Visit / Oct 09, 2014
"After filling out the assorted evaluations on my experiences at Valley View Hospital, I decided to go right to the top with my praise. I recently completed my chemotherapy treatment at your Calaway Young Cancer Center and have nothing but high praise and the utmost regard for the whole staff; they made me feel as if it was my private hospital and they were there solely for my benefit I started my battle with head/neck cancer in Portland, Oregon. I then came to Valley View for the second stage of treatment. While my treatment was solid and correct in Portland, the patient experience at Valley View is unmatched. Under the care of both [radiation] and [medical oncology] I immediately felt more involved, more informed, and hence, more confident in my chances. Fortunately for me, my cancer was treatable and curable. With cancer one must not only battle the invasion of one’s body, but deal with the constant mental battle as well. Believe me, I can now see why so many patients easily give up or get overwhelmed by their situation. Your staff and their amazing approach brought another layer of strength and comfort during the process. The coordination and communication between departments is outstanding; everyone seems to be on the same page. Even the non-medical personnel have been outstanding: chaplain, social services, and wellness to but name a few. Your patient centered philosophy certainly brings strength and comfort to those dealing with a life changing experience. At the end of the day one does not want to feel alone when one’s mortality comes into play. Thanks to Valley View, I can now begin working on gaining weight, building my strength, and quietly slip back into society with a greater appreciation for the rising and setting of each day’s sun. I will be forever grateful and a strong advocate of you team and its mission."- J.H. / Office Visit / May 22, 2017
About 70% of cancers in the oropharynx (mid-part of the throat) are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). This is a viral infection that can cause cancer and other ailments, such as genital warts. There are over 200 forms of HPVs, but more than 40 are transmitted by vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Common signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer include:
- A lump in the throat area
- Pain when swallowing or eating
- Swelling in the jaw
- Sores on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth that do not heal
- Unusual bleeding
- Unexplained ear pain
- A feeling like something is caught in the throat
- Sinus infections that do not respond to antibiotics
- Problems with dentures
Calaway·Young Cancer Center offers a wide variety of medical and radiation treatments for head and neck cancer, including chemotherapy. Each patient will have an individualized treatment plan that may be comprised of a combination of treatments and possible surgery. The therapy used will depend on the location, stage, and size of the tumor.
Fight against cancer
Our compassionate team of medical professionals at Calaway·Young Cancer Center is here to help you or your loved one fight against head and neck cancer. Call our office to schedule a private consultationation with one of our board-certified oncologists. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center, we can help you navigate through this difficult time and review all your treatment options.