Related Conditions

Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a heterogeneous group of cancers that originate between the brain and the clavicles. The majority of head and neck cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinoma, which are often identified by the site in which they originate.

Other cancer types and tumors of the head and neck are also treated in Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program which include, but are not limited to, those of the:

  • Upper aerodigestive tract, including mouth, jaw, throat and larynx
  • Ear and temporal bone
  • Sarcomas of the head and neck
  • Tumors of the skull base
  • Odontogenic cysts and tumors of the jaws, include ameloblastoma and keratocystic odontogenic tumor (formerly known as odontogenic keratocyst
  • Head and neck tumors in children
  • Oral, head and neck maladies in patients with tumors elsewhere in the body

Our head and neck surgeons also manage the complications of cancer treatment such as:

  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaws (BRONJ)

Hypopharyngeal cancer

Hypopharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the hypopharynx. The hypopharynx is the bottom...

Laryngeal cancer

Laryngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the larynx.   The larynx (voice box) is located just...

Lip and oral cavity cancer

Lip and oral cavity cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lips or mouth. The oral cavity includes the following:...

Metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary

Metastatic squamous neck cancer with occult primary is a disease in which squamous cell cancer spreads to lymph nodes in the neck and it is not...

Nasopharyngeal cancer

Nasopharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the nasopharynx, which is the upper part of the...

Oral complications of chemotherapy and head/neck radiation

The oral cavity is at high risk of side effects from chemotherapy and radiation therapy for a number of reasons. Chemotherapy and radiation...

Oropharyngeal cancer

Oropharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the oropharynx. The oropharynx is the middle part...

Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer

Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity.

Salivary gland cancer

Salivary gland cancer is a rare disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the salivary glands.

Skin cancer, non-melanoma

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the skin. It is the most common type of cancer. It is almost always cured when it is found early...

Skin cancer, melanoma

Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that starts in the pigment-producing skin cells called melanocytes. These cells become abnormal, grow...

Thyroid cancer

Thyroid cancer is a disease that occurs when abnormal cells begin to grow in the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and...